Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Technology is changing everything we do, we now can watch whatever we want on-demand irrespective of TVschedules, we go to the bank on our mobile phones. We can check the menus in all restaurants in the area and order our dinner without leaving our couch, new things that we didn’t even know we needed are being created every day to solve life’s problems.
Healthcare is not immune to this trend, today the vast majority of patients search their symptoms online before visiting a medical professional, they have the unprecedented ability to network with other patients and discuss treatment options, evaluate professionals, evaluate devices, and pharmaceutical companies. Technology is also disrupting therapeutics; 3D printing has made it possible to perform practice operations on complicated patients before actually operating on them. The implants and instruments used on the surgery can be custom crafted for that specific patient and that specific procedure. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is empowering the surgeon’s ability to diagnose and treat diseases in a faster, more effective manner. All these technologies will grow exponentially and before we know it, they will become mainstays in every OR and Medical Office. If you think back to 10 years ago, you would never have thought that you could place long-distance video calls from your mobile phone for almost free.
The technologies that will do this are being created, step by step, and are used to improve patient outcomes and experiences every day. We consider it our duty to help orchestrate an interdisciplinary community that fosters constructive academic discussions and innovations so that all the new advances can be used to achieve the one thing all of us in the Healthcare sector want: To make patients better again.
Surgeons are constantly looking for ways to improve their techniques and the outcomes of their patients. Digital surgical planning is a great way to help surgeons plan out surgeries before they even start operating. Custom implants are also being used more frequently in order to provide better results for patients. By using digital surgical planning and custom implants, surgeons can create the best possible outcome for their patient each time.
Surgeons have many different tools available at their disposal that help them work better with patients during surgery, but there are two tools that have been making strides lately: digital surgical planning and custom implants. Digital surgical planning allows surgeons to plan out every step of a surgery prior to entering the operating room so they know exactly what needs done when they get started making it easier.
From our standpoint, digital surgery has three stages. Stage one is the in-silico phase. During this phase, the diagnostic data from the patient is transformed into computer models used to create analogs of the human body, and the surgery is performed as many times as necessary to perfect the outcome. The next step is the in-vitro phase. In this phase, physical body analog models are created to simulate as best as possible the surgical environment. These models can be used to perfect the surgical techniques and to train OR staff and medical students before the operation is performed. The final stage is the Digital Therapeutics stage, this stage concerns all of the digital tools that can be used in the surgical environment that increase surgical ability or patient response like: Surgical cutting & position guides or custom-made implants.
Custom reconstruction devices have been used for bone reconstruction cases for the past decade, but there have been significant barriers that have prevented adoption, and mainstream use of the technology. Initially, it was thought that the cost was the main issue preventing the use of these technologies, but over the past years, the value of surgical planning and custom devices has been demonstrated in literature once and again.
It has been demonstrated that the traditional method of planning surgeries is time consuming and inaccurate. Surgeons have to rely on their own judgment and experience when they plan a procedure, which can lead to complications during surgery. And talking about digital surgery the main frustrations are usually difficulties in communication with the Engineering team and the time spent on the transactional process, like validations or review design proposals.
Considering aforementioned issues as opportunities, we are pleased to announce DISRP: Digitally Integrated Surgical Reconstruction Platform, our platform for the digitization of the surgical workflow and our 3D enabled communication software!! This platform is a great resource for surgeons who want to have access to all of their surgical reconstruction cases in one place. The DISRP allows you to upload CT images from your patients and then seamlessly integrate them into a single viewing experience where you can compare different treatment options. We hope that this new platform will prove beneficial not only in terms of patient care but also as a time-saving tool for busy surgeons like yourself!
Surgical reconstruction digital integration, what a better option that a one stop platform
The transactional platform provide key features:
It will define the different types of users that can interact with the platform among: administrators, engineers, surgeons, and distributors.
It provides all the smart forms needed to follow the complete workflow from uploading the DICOM files through a HIPAA compliant pathway to documenting all of the approvals and meeting minutes required to ensure ISO and regulatory compliance.
It provides full traceability and live tracking of the cases for the surgeons and the distributors, so they always know what step of the process each case is in.
The module will also have a scheduling feature, where surgeons and distributors can schedule meetings and video conference calls
Our DISRP platform allows for cloud workflows and distributed manufacturing of patient-specific medical devices!! Distributed 3D printing-powered supply chains are not the future; they are the present!
Thank you for choosing to be a part of this community and I am certain your participation in this discussion will enrich the conversation and spark the initiatives that will allow a brighter future with better healthcare for everyone.