Surgical Products readers have selected the LoupeCam by VizVOCUS
as the Reader's Choice product for the September/October issue.
Q: How does the ProHD Camera for surgical loupes and head-
lights transform the way users think about visualization and
A: For many years,
was a hospital deci-
sion. LoupeCam by
VizVOCUS is taking
it to a whole new level.
proposes a solution to
All surgeons have visu-
alization needs but not
all hospitals are respond-
ing to their needs because of constraints in capital budgets, approval committees,
and purchasing departments. LoupeCam is so easy to use that sales representatives
almost see it as a toy. It offers incredible high definition images and the price point
is extremely affordable. LoupeCam is changing the way visualization is done in the
operating room simply by addressing the surgeons’ needs as professionals in a cost
effective way and giving them the power to share knowledge that can be seen and
shared in and outside of the operating suite, with colleagues and patients. This is the
era of information technology.
Q: What are some of the key features that allow it to be both
comfortable and easy to operate?
A: USB technology makes it plug and play. The camera is the size of a nickel in diameter and weighs only 0.4 oz (less than three nickels together). It aligns very well onto
loupes or headlights. No other-head mounted camera system in the medical space is
able to match the high definition quality of each single pixel that LoupeCam offers.
Q: What are some of the computer system requirements to use the
A: Currently, the system requires a Windows-based computer or Mac-running
Windows. A minimum of 2 GB of RAM is needed. As a rule of thumb, a 2-year-old
computer would meet the requirements. Adequate storage (hard drive) is important,
but the cost of storage is pretty affordable.
Q: Please describe the optical lenses (in terms of magnification,
working distance, and field of view)?
A: LoupeCam offers three types of Mega Pixel Magnification Lenses ranging from 2x,
3x, 4x lens. Those lenses are adjustable to various working distances just like Loupes
are. Optical magnification enables surgeons to match the magnification they have on
their loupes to the camera. LoupeCam offers those options because details matters.
Major Medical Societies Urge
Medicare To Reconsider Dropping
Bariatric Surgery Facility
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) is considering a reversal of its 2006 decision
requiring certification of facilities that perform bariatric
surgery, a move the American Society for Metabolic and
Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American College of
Surgeons (ACS), and other medical societies say could
endanger Medicare patients who undergo bariatric surgery.
In a joint letter to CMS, the societies say they "believe
the proposal to remove the Bariatric Surgery Facility
Certification will place the highly vulnerable Medicare
population at risk" and "is based upon an incomplete
review and analysis of the evidence.” The ASMBS and
ACS, joined by The Obesity Society, American Society
of Bariatric Physicians and The Society of American
Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, collectively wrote
that they "strongly oppose CMS' decision to overturn
current, established policy."
"Substantial gains have been made in the quality of
bariatric surgery because of certified and accredited pro-grams," says David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive
Director. "This proposed decision by CMS could be a
setback, particularly for the Medicare beneficiaries, who
have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality than the
general bariatric surgery population."
"The evidence shows facility certification, and all that
it entails, improves patient outcomes and reduces risk,"
says Jaime Ponce, MD, ASMBS President. "There is
very little rationale to reverse a policy that has clearly
worked. We urge CMS to continue the facility certification requirement."
In its proposed decision memo, CMS says "there is
little evidence that the requirement for facility certifica-tion/COE (center of excellence) designation for coverage
of approved bariatric surgery procedures impacts outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries."
However, the societies counter that numerous studies point to the positive impact of facility certification
including a new study, not yet considered by CMS, that
found non-accredited bariatric centers had an alarming
in-hospital mortality rate more than three times higher
than accredited centers (0.22% vs. 0.06%). University of
California Irvine researchers analyzed 277,760 bariatric
procedures performed between 2006 and 2010. The
study is in press for publication in the journal Surgical