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16.06.2015

TouchSurgery: the app that helps surgeons operate

Image | Touch Surgery

Mobile technology never ceases to amaze. This week we want to talk about a different application that can help improve the quality of operations undergone by medical patients.

We are talking about Touch Surgery; an app founded in London whose main objective is to help train surgeons. How? By practicing surgeries simulated on a tablet or smartphone.

At first glance it may seem implausible, but that’s not so. The application is intended for surgeons, and has been created and developed by surgeons. The designers of this app, which is available for iOS and Android and is totally free, are Jean Nehme, Andre Chow, Sanjay Purkayastha and Advait gandhe.

In August 2013, these four doctors decided to create the ideal tool for continuing education for doctors and medical specialists. The European Working Time Directive mandates that surgeons can only work 40 hours a week — however this figure used to be set at 100 hours. Before this cut in hours, the doctors thought that with such limited free time, the best way to help train surgeons would be to create a simulator.

Touch Surgery has no recreational component — that is not what it is intended for. It is an app endorsed by the medical community and has the support of major health institutions around the world, including Stanford and Duke Universities, which help by providing content, techniques and research to support the app and its users.

The main goal is to help with the training of surgeons, but we must not forget that the patients are the ones who will benefit the most. With this simulator, professionals can learn how to perform surgeries, and see the dangers involved before taking the scalpel and entering the operating room. In this respect, this training program has the potential to greatly increase patient safety.

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Image | Touch Surgery

The app itself is very simple to use: after registering and indicating their areas of interest, the surgeon can begin practicing. A lot of different areas and operations on the system, and gradually you can start trading using simple movements. With a touch of the finger the operation it is underway. There is also an option to count the number of errors and even ask for help if the surgeon should have any doubts. One of the most interesting aspects of the application is that it can be updated with tips, techniques and recommendations by professionals all over the world.

Although there are many other apps on the market that aim to help surgeons with their work, Touch Surgery is the first of its kind. In fact, the response from the medical community seems to be exceeding expectations.

In short, this is an app made, designed, implemented and updated by surgeons. Technology at its best, made to serve the public.