Location: United Kingdom
Simulations provide detailed images and step-by-step instructions through the mobile app.
According to Touch surgery, diseases that require surgical intervention cause more deaths than malaria, HIV, and TB combined. Worldwide, over 5 billion people don’t have access to life-saving surgical services.
Touch Surgery was founded in 2013 by two surgeons who wanted to answer surgical inequalities with digital solutions. They developed a platform that provides an interactive surgical simulator that can teach medical professionals how to complete various operations safely. The simulator has detailed, realistic imagery and offers step-by-step instructions.
The simulations are provided through an Android or iOS app with over 150 procedures available for free across 17 clinical areas, and additional simulations available for purchase.
Touch Surgery also offers AI-powered surgical video storage. Videos can be uploaded by drag-and-drop for storage in a HIPAA-certified, secure cloud. Healthcare professionals can upload videos from their surgery, and the AI automatically blurs any staff or patient information from the videos. Videos can be used in conferences or organised to create training material for other surgeons and trainee doctors. Digital Surgery, the creator of Touch Surgery, was acquired by Medtronic in February 2020.
“With each procedure, the user gets to explore not only the simulation but other useful information like how to prepare, key surgical instruments, risks, and things to be aware of in post-surgery care. This would be obviously useful for training surgeons, but also any junior doctor rotating through hospital jobs. We recently featured Surgical Theater, a VR education platform for brain surgery which seeks to support the same group of medical professionals – The medical education market is expected to continue growing over the next few years, the trend is underpinned by growth in online education tools such as Touch Surgery”
– Dr Vinay Shankar