Operating room of the future facilitates better decisions
When vital information is displayed on the big screen and remote participation by specialists is facilitated, the surgical staff obtain better data for fast and confident decisions. Such activities will develop both technology and new working methods in the innovation partnership with Olympus.
The surgical suites in the new hospital building in Solna will have what is known as system integration. This provides a quick overview of various types of important information – vital signs, medical records and images from the surgical wound.
The staff will more easily be able to connect to the outside world during ongoing surgery to obtain support from specialists located elsewhere.
Testing technology in advance
Before moving in, surgical staff will have a limited opportunity to try out the new system in a test center in the Department of Thoracic Surgery in Solna. This will not only allow personnel to test drive the new technology in advance, but will also make it easier for them to pinpoint potential areas for improvement.
Develop new working methods
The Center for Innovation was involved at an early stage to identify needs and opportunities associated with these activities. The new surgical environment will provide personnel with the tools they need to carry out their daily work – and an opportunity to develop new working methods to improve patient flow. The goal is to significantly improve both efficiency and patient safety in perioperative care – before, during and after surgery.
Innovation partnership with Olympus
What: Develops surgical environments and flexible endoscopy.
When: Established 2014, five-year contract, in conjunction with procurement of medical technology for the new hospital building in Solna.
Services involved at Karolinska: Emergency Services Division, Anesthesiology, Surgical Services and Intensive Care Medicine, Gastro Center, Medical Engineering.
Phone: +46 (0) 76-050 28 89
E-mail: Anders Mertel
Why partner up with Karolinska?
We see a passion for innovation at Karolinska
Nick Wilson is Director of Strategy and Marketing for Global Healthcare Solutions at Boston Scientific. The company develops new models for care witin an innovations partnership with Karolinska University Hospital.
Current innovation partnerships
Philips – Better images for better treatment
Imaging and functional diagnostics in areas such as stroke, non-advanced prostate cancer and minimally invasive surgery.
GE Healthcare – Innovation in many areas
Cyclotron and radiochemistry and care flow development for advanced pelvic cancer, as well as collaboration in cell therapy and MRI within neurology.
Olympus – Operating room of the future facilitates better decisions
Surgical environments and flexible endoscopy.
Getinge – Sterile technique plays key role in hospitals
Total solution sterile technique.
Siemens – Better care flow for acute heart disease
Acute heart disease patient flow for maximum patient benefit and cost effectiveness.
HPE – Testing tomorrow’s digital technology
Environment for development and evaluation of information and communication technology (ICT).
About the Center for Innovation
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At Karolinska University Hospital we work strategically with innovations and partnerships to shape the best healthcare possible.