DIGITAL SURGERY™ Partners With Leading London Hospitals to Bring Operating Room to 21ST Century
First Initiative in Building a Digital Ecosystem to Support and Augment the Surgical Team in the Operating Room
LONDON – May 16, 2018 – Digital Surgery, a health tech company shaping the future of surgery through the convergence of surgical expertise and technology, today announced its partnership with University College London Hospitals (UCLH), one of the largest teaching hospitals in the U.K., and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), the U.K.’s leading specialist orthopaedic hospital. Digital Surgery is building a digital ecosystem for surgeons and healthcare professionals, through partnerships with the healthcare community as well as its products: Touch Surgery, the award-winning mobile surgical training platform, and Go Surgery, an operating room efficiency platform being piloted at leading hospitals. The UCLH and RNOH partnerships are the company’s first initiative in creating this wider digital ecosystem.
At UCLH and RNOH, Digital Surgery is testing tools and digital technology to augment and support the surgical team in the operating room. This will include helping guide the surgeons and healthcare professionals during surgery with guided steps and reference tools. Additionally, Digital Surgery is currently evaluating the most valuable interface models for the operating room – from iPads, heads up displays, to leveraging virtual reality and augmented reality. The research and learnings from these partnerships is part of the larger product development for Go Surgery, which will launch later this year.
“Our partnerships with UCLH and RNOH are the latest critical step in our development of a set of tools that can be used inside and outside the operating room to standardize surgical workflows,” said Dr. Jean Nehme, Co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery. “Right now, a host of variables, many outside surgeons’ control, are currently undermining surgical performance. It is our hope that the products we are building will help surgeons and operating room teams to better control these variables and subsequently improve patient outcomes and drive costs down.”
Quotes from leading surgeons and healthcare advocates:
- “I’m a strong advocate of technology and its benefits, especially in the operating room. Disruptive technologies like these have the potential to make surgery more precise and produce better outcomes, and we are eager to explore the possibilities.” – Dr. Manish Chand, Colorectal Surgeon at UCLH
- “The benefits of a virtual surgery platform and operative technique library are to improve surgeon education and allow realistic, immersive virtual experiences. This will help to disseminate best practice and surgical technique, allowing our patients to experience improved outcomes from their procedures.” – Mr. Sam Oussedik, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Director of Surgical Education, UCLH
- “Surgical simulation and augmented reality tools have the potential to train orthopaedic surgeons and to help experienced surgeons do complex surgery with the best possible outcomes.” – Professor Alister Hart, Director of Research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH)
- “The convergence of a wide range of new technologies – minimally invasive surgery, digital radiology, robotics, AI, virtual reality – is changing theatres and surgical practices in ways that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. They are delivering better outcomes for patients at lower cost, a great example of value-based healthcare, the Holy Grail of any healthcare system.” – Lord David Prior, former Minister for NHS Productivity in the Department of Health
About Digital Surgery
Digital Surgery, founded by surgeons for surgeons and healthcare professionals, believes safe surgical care should be accessible for all. Co-founders Dr. Jean Nehme and Dr. Andre Chow set out to shape the future of surgery by building a digital ecosystem that sits at the intersection of surgical expertise and technology. Digital Surgery is comprised of two products, Touch Surgery, the award-winning interactive training platform downloaded more than 2 million times, and Go Surgery, an operating room efficiency platform being piloted at leading hospitals. The company is based in London. For more information, please visit: http://www.digitalsurgery.com.