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(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2018
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and LA-based Giblib have teamed up to offer what the organizations say is the first accredited continuing medical education (CME) course delivered entirely via virtual reality. The course, called Essential GI Surgeries will be available through Giblib's website. It will include 25 hours of real surgeries recorded in 360 VR (as well as in a traditional...
By Jeff Lagasse August 24, 2017
DePuy Synthes has entered into an exclusive agreement with JointPoint Inc. to co-market a proprietary software platform that aims to help surgeons perform hip replacement surgeries.   JointPoint's software provides non-invasive computer navigation, presurgical digital templating, case planning and feedback during such surgeries, and it easily integrates with the Anterior Approach. The Anterior...
By Jonah Comstock June 14, 2017
Osso VR, a startup looking to disrupt the surgical device training space with virtual reality, has raised $2 million in seed funding in a round led by Signalfire, with participation from Anorak Ventures.  The company provides software that creates a virtual operating room on VR platforms like Oculus Rift/Touch or the HTC Vive. Practicing surgeries in virtual reality allows surgeons to get in more...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
Seattle-based healthcare quality transparency company Mpirica has raised $4.6 million in a round led by equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. An undisclosed Seattle-based private equity fund also contributed to the round. The company plans to use the funsing to support a national rollout to Medicare Advantage customers. With its team of data scientists and physicians, Mpirica uses claims data to...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2015
Visible Patient, a French company that makes 3D models of human organs to assist surgeons, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its VP Planning Software Suite. The software suite has had a CE Mark for six months and has been commercially available in Europe for a year. Via the software, surgeons send radiological data like CT and MRI scans to Visible Patient. In-house designers create 3D models...
By Jonah Comstock September 17, 2014
A new pilot study from Stanford University shows that Google Glass can help surgeons monitor patients' vital signs more closely during surgery, potentially helping them to prevent more complications. Researchers used a software called VitalStream from VitalMedicals, a startup led by a Stanford surgeon who was involved in the study. "During conscious sedation procedures where you don’t have an...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2014
A small study conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee shows that text message reminders can increase patients' compliance with pre-surgical showering, thus reducing their risk of acquiring an infection during surgery. Pre-surgical antiseptic showers, using a chemical like chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), reduce the number of microbes on the skin, which guards the patient against...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2013
New York City-based startup CheckedUp is launching its patient engagement software suite in 50 partner ophthalmology clinics. The company was founded in January 2012 by Dr. Richard Awdeh, Head of Executive Medicine at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and CEO of health and biotech incubator Cirle. "I'm an ophthalmic surgeon, so really the product came out of being a practicing doctor and seeing the...
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