Artificial intelligence in the operating room


As the challenges in healthcare continue to grow, hospitals adopting new technologies have helped alleviate some of these difficulties in the operating room. Dennis Kogan, Co-Founder and CEO of Caresyntax, and Eric King, Chief Investment Officer at Intel Capital, with host Alex Flores, Director of Global Health Solutions at Intel’s Network and Edge Group, discuss this topic.

“It becomes a tricky system that combines installation-specific issues,” says Kogan. “After the pandemic, there have been factors such as staffing where experienced nurses leave for various reasons and they are replaced by, for example, young professionals or traveling nurses who come into the system which is often quite adapted to the individual configurations of a facility or physician.”

Clearly, this shift in operations has caused additional stress on staff and returning to pre-pandemic efficiency is a challenge.

King agreed, saying that although the surgeon was directing the operation, there were many other members in the room who needed to be properly trained. With staff shortages as well as nurses moving in and out of the operating room, getting a team to work together effectively with quality results is not as simple as it once was. To fill this gap, Caresyntax’s platforms can help improve team dynamics during surgery for optimal recruitment outcome.

The introduction of newer technology helps surgeons in real time and uses computer vision-based aids that perform detailed navigation of the operation. These technologies can determine anatomical structures and even alert doctors to the proximity of certain arteries.

Thanks to technology, experts can even remotely “walk into” the operating room and provide advice or feedback as surgeons work through complex surgeries.

“There are good artificial intelligent layering mechanisms to be able to more objectively support the decision-making process of physicians or case managers at difficult stages,” says Kogan.

Caresyntax and Intel look to the future of innovation in medicine where the industry “envelops edge, cloud, analytics, AI and automation, there is ample room for medicine surgery accuracy,” says Kogan. “There are so many notes where to take data and profile and create algorithms and applications that can help push the process in the optimal way down the decision tree that you create personalized medicine in surgery, and that’s the big vision.”

To learn more, connect with Dennis Kogan and Eric King on LinkedIn or visit Caresyntax.

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