Proximie and Vodafone complete 5G remotely assisted surgery trials

The 5G pilots, which enable clinicians to be transported into operating theatres virtually, were conducted at University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough.

Proximie has teamed up with Vodafone to pilot the role of 5G in increasing the connectivity and performance of remote assistance and training in cancer care. The trial will be used in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer, and in colonoscopy training.

The team at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is trialling the use of Proximie, a global technology platform that allows clinicians and surgeons to ‘scrub in’ to any operating room or catheterisation (cath) lab virtually from anywhere in the world, with Vodafone 5G, for remote assisted support and training in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and University Hospital Llandough.

Proximie’s technology is being used in surgery, and to provide colonoscopy training to nurses so more patients can be seen in a shorter time. It will also ensure a high quality service by connecting experts from further afield into each procedure room to support patient care.

Proximie enables clinicians to transport themselves virtually into operating rooms, cath labs and hospitals – anywhere in the world – to interact visually, engage and guide procedures. Proximie’s platform combines the best human expertise with the power of advanced technologies including augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

By empowering clinicians to share their skills in real-time, Proximie can reduce variation in care and ensure every patient receives the best healthcare every single time, with the ultimate goal to save lives by sharing the world’s best clinical practices.

The trial is using Vodafone’s 5G in-building coverage system to power Proximie’s platform, and the technology will be used to carry out training remotely, which is particularly vital due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Proximie’s platform connects nurses in Cardiff to remotely located expert consultants who can oversee specialist procedures.

Immersive experience

Proximie’s innovative technology also creates an immersive, multi-dimensional experience and optimises collaboration. It enables participants to interact with what the surgeons see in the room: their hands can be superimposed on the video feed of the patient’s anatomy to give precise directives during the operation, and they can overlay notes, sketches and anatomical diagrams for reference.

Nadine Haram (BEM), founder and chief executive of Proximie, said:

“We’re always looking for ways to make our platform better for our clinicians around the world, and connectivity moving forward will be the  key driver.

“If we can increase connectivity, make it faster, and more seamless, we can ultimately save more lives by connecting more clinicians across the globe. We are excited to be working on this innovative pilot with Vodafone at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, together with investment from UK Innovation & Research.

“We’re hoping it will lead to a better connected future for clinicians in cancer care, and ultimately lead to more lives saved.”

Proximie allows multiple people in remote locations to virtually interact in a way which mimics what they would experience if they were collaborating in the same operating room. It means they can physically show each other where to make an incision, in real-time, or use physical gestures to illustrate a technique.

Using artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality, clinicians can remotely interact in a live procedure or assessment from start to finish, in a visually and intuitive way.

Len Richards, CEO, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said:

“The importance of connectivity can’t be understated as we enter this new age of healthcare, providing an important platform from which we can explore exciting clinical innovations such as this to improve outcomes for our patients.

“I would commend the ingenuity and dedication shown by clinicians throughout Cardiff and Vale UHB who, despite the challenges they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, have worked with partners such as Vodafone and Proximie not only to continue delivering services, but to enhance them.”

Proximie is light, easily deployed on low bandwidth, and as usable in austere environments as it is in high-end hospitals. Our flexible approach enables us to deliver a solution tailored to your existing hardware, working with low latency and using up to 4 native HD camera views.

Proximie’s purpose-built augmented reality tools enable clinicians, trainees and mentors to review and analyse their performance. You can virtually collaborate and interact in group peer-to-peer reviews, providing a rich and immersive learning experience, post operatively or after the event.

Professor Jared Torkington, Clinical Lead for Bowel Cancer in Wales, said:

“We live in an unprecedented time of new surgical innovations with new technologies. In times of COVID-19, using this augmented reality-based platform will enable remote support and consultation in real-time from potentially anywhere in the world and enhance training opportunities, all while helping us to minimise the number of people in our hospitals to facilitate social distancing.”

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