February 22, 2024

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Innovative Solutions for Collaboration, Education and Demonstration Purposes Live from Operating Rooms

Leander Werbrouck (Global Director, Product Management Surgical Imaging) has been active for 15+ years in various technology and manufacturing industries, making him a tech-savvy entrepreneur with extensive product and marketing experience. Leander joined Barco’s Entertainment market team in early 2018, taking the lead on the professional AV segments with a clear mission to enable Barco’s customers and industry partners to easily operate and more efficiently create immersive experiences and visitor attractions.

In 2020, Leander accepted a new opportunity stepping into the healthcare market as head of the global product management for Barco’s Surgical Imaging business.  Together with the team, his focus is on driving the business to innovation and sustainable growth and enabling better healthcare outcomes.

Instant access to everything: information, data, … people

“Instant access” is an adage our entire society lives by, ever since the internet took the idea and made it a reality.  On a personal level, friends, shops, music and movies are just a click away. For healthcare professions, electronic patient records and enterprise imaging realise uniform patient files and make it easier to share images in multiple formats within an organisation.

These examples illustrate instant access to information and data, but the Covid-19 crisis proved that connecting to people is just as valuable, if not even more so. People come with more than just factual information or data: they add expertise, experience and a human touch to medical problems. As a result, telemedicine has been boosted in a whole range of ways.

Remote collaboration as a game-changer in surgery

The idea of remote surgical work was originally closely connected to robotic surgery, which has been around for several decades. The concept of ‘telesurgery’ describes the possibility of executing surgeries remotely, with the surgeon and the patient being in different places. The surgeon controls a robot that is with the patient in the OR, and in this way executes the procedure from a distance. The world’s first remote surgery was completed in 2001, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a patient in France, performed via a robot by a surgical team in New York.

The idea was that surgeries could be done in this way for areas that are difficult to reach, such as remote rural places, warzones or even on astronauts in space. Still, there are some challenges to robotic telesurgeries, such as a delay in transfer time (referred to as latency), and the absence of haptic feedback. For both, technology is getting better at speeding up transfer times and simulating tactile feedback.

Why virtual representation is perfect for the OR of today and tomorrow

Still, there is more to remote surgery than robotic telesurgery. The question is not always whether the surgeon can reach the patient, sometimes it is about the surgeon being with the patient in the OR, but without access to the experience, they need. Or students being unable to observe a surgery in the actual operating theatre, because it is too far away or because they’re too large in number. In those cases, the surgeon is physical with the patient, but they could use ‘instant access to people who are not there.

Remote work is everywhere already, so why could it not be used in surgery? The situations that lend themselves for it are plentiful:

  • Surgeons could consult experts when necessary.
  • Novice surgeons could get remote guidance from more experienced colleagues.
  • Students could attend more types of interventions, in bigger numbers than what is possible in the physical OR (and each of them getting a front-row seat).
  • New technologies and surgical material could be assessed as it’s being used, live.
  • Sales representatives from medical device companies could give remote demos, or virtually ‘scrub in’ and accompany the surgeon when they’re using new material for the first time.
  • Important surgeries could be conferenced live for an audience.

A virtual presence solution for the OR does away with some of the hassles that come with travel, strict planning, physical restrictions in the OR, and the need to learn to use new technologies and devices quickly.

In short, remote collaboration during surgery offers surgeons a flexible environment for support, consultation and teaching, when and where they need it. Just like office workers hold hybrid meetings with colleagues, and airports and ports offer communication support for pilots and captains, surgeons can use collaboration solutions to maximise their outcomes.

Discover NexxisLive

With NexxisLive, you can involve the right people for any type of intervention, wherever they are. Telestration, teleassistance, teleconferencing, and telementoring: the platform expands your OR, virtually and securely, with real-time video and high-quality audio.

Increase your surgical performance with excellent video quality, minimal latency and capturing options. Whether you are consulting experts, educating students or assisting with technical equipment, you can rely on real-time images, remote communication and bi-directional annotation options designed with the surgeon in mind. It is a flexible platform for any hospital size and any type of surgery.

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PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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