With all the hype around the use of data, artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies, the operating room environment is constantly changing.
But, how does this interpret what clinicians do in practice and how does it improve?
In the panel “How OR technology is changing” at DeviceTalks Boston, Proximie CEO Nadine Hachach-Haram posed that question, saying that the excitement around technology needs to be answered correctly application.
“Quality of care improves access but how does it ensure that every patient gets the best possible care the first time, every time?” Hachach-Haram said. “With that in mind, value and impact are always on the mind.… We recognize that we need to build something that is appropriate now that is also appropriate in the future.”
Hachach-Haram was on the panel with Activ Surgical CEO Todd Usen, Stryker VP of Digital Innovation for Surgical Technologies Siddarth Satish and Avail Medsystems CEO Daniel Hawkins. S3 Connected Health Director of Solutions – Medtech Bill Betten moderated the panel.
Satish served as founder and CEO of Gauss Surgical before it was acquired by Stryker last year. Gauss designed the Triton artificial intelligence-enabled platform for real-time monitoring of blood loss during surgery, using the iPad as the hardware platform for monitoring.
As part of Stryker’s acquisition, Satish said the next steps include thinking about how to deploy more AI to the platform and continue to offer a visual data feed to OR.
“I really think AI can start creating these autonomous feedback loops of care where you don’t have to rely on someone’s skill,” Satish said. “You can automate steps in a robotic manner or something like a critical piece of information that will then drive these protocols.”
Hawkins said devices like iPads and similar pieces of hardware allow capabilities that provide meaningful insights. Even if he says he likes the idea, he says it’s a challenge in a practical sense.
Avail CEO says that, once that challenge is overcome, bringing real-time capabilities to OR will take decision-making to the next level for surgeons, as computer vision or AI allowing technology users to look around in naked objects. the eye may not be predictable.
“Pulling data back into the operating room requires that you have the ability to do that,” Hawkins said. “We built that capability as a network background machine, but that’s where the power of that data is – to inspire the clinic to make decisions in the current era.”
That ability to look around the corner feeds into what Usen and Activ Surgical do. The company brings real-time information to surgeons at the operating table in an effort to prevent preventable medical errors.
Usen likens the situation to watching football on television, where the viewer has a yellow line so they know where a team needs to reach to get a first down, but the being in the field there is no such luxury.
“We saw [the yellow lines] on TV. I want the players to see that, ”said Usen. “I want the surgeons to see what’s ahead. We believe we bring the first real-time information to the operating room point of patient care.
Usen added: “The data is just as good as the insights gained from it. And because the data is a bumper sticker of how important it is in medicine, at the end of the day, it should be something that is absolutely necessary. … We make sure we put on screen for our surgeons the information that is important from experts around the world at this point of care.That’s if the data makes sense.