Explorer Surgical Expands Offerings into Robotic Surgery

By Julie A. Vetalice

Explorer Surgical Expands Offerings into Robotic Surgery

Explorer Live, the first cloud-based digital platform customized for medical device companies to share best practices live with surgical teams, today announces its expansion into robotic surgery, including orthopedic procedures.

Medical robotics companies can now leverage Explorer Live, a digital platform featuring a first-of-its-kind procedural playbook, video capabilities and robust data collection to provide unparalleled support and insight into workflow and performance.

For robotic surgeries to be most effective and efficient, even the highest-performing surgeons and clinical teams need to overcome the learning curve for setting up in an OR, proper intraoperative use, new ways of communication and more.

Easing the learning curve supports surgeon proficiency, clinical team satisfaction, and reduced OR inefficiencies - all of which encourage medical device adoption and increase hospital revenues for a return on investment.

With Explorer Live, all the processes and workflows of a robotic procedure are accessible before a surgical team does any case - whether it's the first or the 100th case - a tremendous support for creating consistency when using robotic technology. Surgical teams and medical robotics companies have access to:

  • All images, PDFs, and videos about the system, surgical techniques, and a step-by-step workflow for each team member in the OR. The digital playbook is customized to the clinical team's role, procedure type, and surgeon preferences.
  • Surgeons can broadcast in real-time to provide clinical education, remote collaboration, or demonstrations to potential users.
  • The platform can capture robust video and procedural data used by a surgeon or in partnership with a medical robotics company for performance tracking, identifying opportunities to reduce variability, post-market feedback and analysis, and future product development.

"Our goal is simple, yet critical: find a better way to provide medical device companies with actionable insights on the black box of surgery,” said Jennifer Fried, CEO and Co-Founder of Explorer Surgical. “For example, there is a perception of surgery that the surgeon is the key to successful outcomes, but we know this downplays the role of the nurses, scrub techs, reps, and others that can greatly contribute to workflow and efficiency. We are the only tool that not only focuses on guiding every team member but also gives a wide view of all of the players in the room and captures data on what they do. This data collection enables future innovation for medical device companies. We have a vision of the future where predictive analytics will passively collect additional data points throughout a procedure and intelligently feed them into workflows for greater efficiencies and patient outcomes."

OR efficiency and post-market data analysis is critical to support the successful adoption of robotic technology, and it supports a company's continuous improvement and innovation. For example, in a recently published paper, researchers used Explorer Live to measure inefficiencies during the setup of an OR when prepping for a procedure. The researchers found inefficiencies can prolong the time of a case by 24.7 percent. These inefficiencies consisted of missing items, a compromised sterile field, and patient or equipment positioning. Explorer Live's digital platform helps teams anticipate everything needed during a procedure, minimizing the potential for inefficiencies from even happening.

Explorer Live has been successfully implemented in the ORs of top hospitals, such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The company has experienced 6X growth year-over-year, and has on boarded more than 20 new medical device customers across multiple therapeutic areas.

Source: Explorer Surgical


Product Labels: Robot-Assisted Systems, Surgical Planning

Tags: Product Launch