Touch Surgery on BBC Click

Touch Surgery on BBC Click

Two weeks ago, BBC Click and Lara Lewington came in to tour the Touch Surgery Labs in London and learn a bit about what we’re working on. Through the course of BBC Click’s segment, we discuss with Lara the history of the app, where we’re heading, and even let her perform a Carpal Tunnel Surgery!

In our second appearance on BBC since the app was launched in 2013, our CEO and co-founder Dr. Jean Nehme highlights the developments that have led to the rise to prominence of the Touch Surgery app in surgical education. The Touch Surgery app has grown from 80,000 downloads at the time of BBC’s first story in 2013 to 300,000 as of mid-2015. Additionally, we are currently working on various AR, VR, and 3D extensions of the platform, and notably just released a 3D version of our Carpal Tunnel Release Simulation, authored by Dr. Gordon K. Lee MD and Dr. John Paro MD of Stanford University Medical Center.

In their coverage, Lewington posed, “how well can a surgeon really train using a tablet? Well, it seems better than you might expect.” Dr. John Paro corroborated the educational value of the cognitive task analysis simulations on available on Touch Surgery, adding, “you can read a textbook, you can try to watch an online video, but it’s a really passive learning experience.” Touch surgery allows for increased preparedness and expertise prior to entering the OR in surgeries that surgeons that was previously unavailable.

Lewington closed by emphasizing the unique value the our virtual surgery app can provide in countries that lack highly developed healthcare infrastructure. By providing accessibility to surgical training resources for medical practitioners to train and learn new procedures, we aim to remove barriers to and improve the quality of surgical training and care worldwide. Our app is available for free, and is used by hundreds of thousands of medical practitioners and students alike in every country on earth.

To watch the segment that aired on the BBC, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32844630