World's First Heart Valve Replacement Using Extended Reality Platform Brings the Operating Room to the Remote Surgical Specialist for Virtual Support During Live Procedures
- The Microsoft HoloLens 2, a headset which enables bidirectional remote viewing in real time. The use of extended reality headsets and glasses has grown during the pandemic because of the limitations on travel to and within a hospital.
- A modular system that allows the remote proctor to view the cardiac event monitors in real-time, without requiring the active clinician wearing the HoloLens 2 to look up at the screens.
- A three-dimensional clinical pathway overlay depicting step-by-step instructions for a specific surgical procedure.
"We think of it as bringing the operating room to the surgical specialist. Rather than coordinating resources to bring a specialist to another hospital for training, now we can greatly simplify the process, which can help improve the timeliness of patient care, especially in an emergency," said Dr.
During the initial peak of the pandemic in spring 2020, the JGH was designated as a lead COVID-19 treatment site. The ensuing staffing challenges, combined with travel restrictions, required effective and remote training solutions. In collaboration with
"We chose to work with Microsoft mainly because of the HoloLens 2's unmatched performance and in part because of the security offered by their encryption design," said
The initial success of this project led to developing remote support in a complex clinical pathway and connectivity to medical imaging with the help of leading medical device company Medtronic.
"We are thrilled to be able to contribute our expertise to this unique partnership and are looking forward to seeing this collaboration extend to other clinical pathways," said
The partnership is currently planning additional applications in the field of cardiovascular medicine and in other areas.
This project is supported by OROT Innovation Hub at the JGH.
Microsoft and HoloLens are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
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