HD technology ushers new era in minimally invasive surgery
7 April 2009
High-definition (HD) video technology has measurably enhanced the
ability of surgeons conducting minimally invasive surgery. Minimally
invasive surgery (MIS) uses a variety of endoscopic and imaging devices
in the operating room (OR). It enables surgeons to manoeuvre around
delicate structures and to precisely grasp, dissect, and suture within
openings measured in millimeters.
Frost & Sullivan believes that end-to-end integration of HD devices
used in a variety of MIS procedures represents a new era in disruptive
technology, one that goes beyond device selection to one of real-time
medicine that could engender a sustainable difference in surgical care.
Frost & Sullivan recently completed a whitepaper, Creating a New
Platform in Disruptive Technology: A Case Study of Digital Integration
in the OR, that closely follows the design, planning, and
implementation of end-to-end HD integrated operating suites at the Ruth
and Raymond G Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at The Hospital of
the University of Pennsylvania.
"Obsolescence and potential integration issues abound, as advances in
surgical device technologies are introduced every six to nine months,"
explains Dr Virginia Cardin, senior healthcare consultant with Frost &
Sullivan. "To address this, the hospital must select an agile
integration partner — one that is vendor-neutral, has its pulse on new
technologies, and has the ability to customize a system to accommodate
choices in equipment from several manufacturers."
The hospital evaluation process extended over 18 months. A "defining
moment" question revolved around the idea that monitors in the OR should
be HD, much like the rapid adoption of HD viewing of TV at home. The
Penn SurgiCentre/Penn Endoscopy Center believed that the enhancement in
visualization and clarity available in a home HD TV should be available
during a medical procedure, consultations, or education.
The Penn SurgiCentre/Penn Endoscopy Center eventually selected VTS
Medical Systems, for the company's understanding of the needs of
surgeons and the functionalities of open and MIS procedures. VTS' staff
designed, engineered, programmed and tested a portfolio of products and
services specifically for Penn Medicine, employing a structured
methodology throughout the process for user validation of the
functionality of the integrated operating rooms and endoscopy rooms.
In operation for close to six months, the HD-integrated operating
rooms at the Penn SurgiCentre have received considerable praise and
support from the local medical community, pointing to the goal that
end-to-end HD integration in each of the 8 OR room and 8 GI Endoscopy
rooms have contributed to the Centre's goal to provide real-time
medicine and multidisciplinary collaboration among healthcare providers.
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