3. ExplORer Surgical
One of the biggest challenges in the OR is that the workflow can’t be found in one place. “There may be notecards, notebooks, excel spreadsheets—it’s all over the place,” explained Jennifer Fried, CEO of ExplORer Surgical. “But it is difficult to innovate in the space.”
For that reason, Fried sought to digitize the workflow and bring it into the sterile field. Fried said the process can reduce OR time, reduce anesthesia time and allow the surgical team to achieve better outcomes. “ORs have been run the same way for a long time, so it is difficult to innovate in the space. But hospitals can’t afford extra OR time and can’t afford to open disposable supplies and not use them.”
Further, hospitals are calling for more data and better analysis of what is paid for. ExplORer offers a way to collect that data, while simultaneously reducing wasted time and supplies. Fried believes that medical technology companies can use the technology to align their products with hospitals needs and ensure products offer an economic value as well as a clinical one.
The workflow improvement stems from a centralized tech platform, one that fills a gap in intraoperative data, Fried said.