lost. Operational efficiency of the room is imperative, from set up, through surgical procedure, to
cleaning and turnaround. OR integration helps
streamline the entire process.
Where the technology is headed
in the future:
von Jako: I don’t think we’ve realized the full
potential of the hybrid OR in terms of information flow and image flow. I think they are realizing
some benefits, but I think they initially overshot
it in terms of how much they could take on right
away given how much information was available
throughout their system. Teaching institutions
tend to lean toward going to a more high-end system, because they route the information outside
toward other groups of people. But for non-teach-ing institutions, I think they’ve kind of hit a steady
state. That’s just my perception.
I think what we’re looking at is everything to
be plugged into the network and everything can
be served up on the network for each and every
user. That’s the end game. It’s big in cardiovascular surgery today, and it’s going to go beyond
that in the future. In thoracic surgery, with those
surgeons moving back toward the less-invasive
surgeries, I think it’s going to expand in that area.
Then on the laparoscopic side of things, you
have general surgeons who are already integrated
into it. I think there are also some other integrations that are going to be part of this. It’s not just
for the urologists and gynecologists working
on soft-tissue surgeries, but they’ll introduce
ultrasound images to be able to better visualize
some of the masses that you wouldn’t be able to
visualize so easily with an endoscope from the
surface. You can look into the mass beyond the
surface with ultrasound technology, which is less
invasive than using CT in some cases. There
will be a lot of integration continuing with the
different imaging modalities to try to make these
procedures as less invasive as possible.
Irwin: Smart devices managing information
access and visual information securely within the
healthcare space. Surgical Timeout and multi-modality imaging with even greater resolution,
3D imaging and procedural archiving which
seamlessly merge the entire patient experience.
Also, it will be possible to safely archive
and share captured information both still and
video for immediate and future reference. state.
That’s just my perception.
The “must-have” technology
Jacques: Many facilities are still working on
the financial justification, and so quite often
they look at the hybrid OR and say what procedures can take place in that operating room
that make the best utilization of that capital
investment. To get there, many facilities start to
think of the OR as a multi-purpose room. It’s
not dedicated to one type of procedure. For us
the implication is we need to design flexibility
into that operating room. That’s what we do.
We mount things into the ceiling so everything
can be repositioned based on the surgeon’s
operating hand or which side of the table he or
she operates from, also what kind of imaging
equipment may come in or out of that room.
For us, it’s all about enabling that room to be
flexible and ensure the information that’s being
collected routes to the right place and to the
right line of sight for the surgeon.
Vvn Jako: None of these technologies are
cheap. To build a simple integrated operating
room, most of them are around 650 square feet
or more, and if you move toward adding in monitors and ceiling-mounted monitors, the renova-