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AZ Sint-Jan Brugge Hospital Offers Innovative Care with Real-Time Image-Guided Surgery through Polycom Video Collaboration Solutions
Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013
  • Five new HD video enabled digital operating rooms enhance patient care and welfare, and help save lives
  • Endoscopic images can be shared at the touch of a button via video collaboration to any consultant location
  • Surgeons are able to collaborate with multiple operating rooms simultaneousl
LONDON - May 06, 2013: Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that AZ Sint-Jan Brugge Hospital (Belgium) has equipped five new state-of-the-art digital operating rooms with secure, Polycom® RealPresence® video collaboration solutions. As a result, Polycom video collaboration technology enables surgical staff to consult on live medical operations via two-way multipoint telemedicine links and utilize live medical operations for real-time training.  The hospital created the ‘digital operating room project’ when it first started working with Polycom in January 2012, as an initiative to offer consultants and patients the very best and latest in digital technology, while providing the highest quality patient care.
AZ Sint-Jan is the main campus in Brugge, and today has five new digital operating rooms, with plans to extend to 18 in the future. Incorporating Polycom® RealPresence® Room video solutions (Polycom® HDX® 8000), the operating rooms go beyond facilitating and improving surgical procedures through the use of HD image-assisted and minimally invasive surgery regardless of location and enable medical know-how and skills to be transferred between operating rooms in real time. The assistance of high definition (HD) video conferencing enables better image quality in endoscopy and other surgery, as well as in the operating theater.
The use of multipoint telemedicine links between operating theaters within the hospital now allows surgical staff to consult on multiple surgical procedures without the need to waste valuable time changing and re-sterilizing to move between theaters. Videos and images of surgeries are shared between rooms for instant collaboration and multiple video sources can be displayed in operating rooms. Image quality is critical when showing live surgery to another surgeon, and the high-resolution cameras make it possible to share the smallest of details.
In addition, Polycom’s executive desktop solution (Polycom® HDX® 4500) and Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile for tablets and smartphones, help surgeons outside of the operating rooms communicate with assistants in several operating rooms simultaneously to follow up on other operations without the need to be physically present in the room. With a distributed workforce, the hospital also sought to improve communication internally and externally while decreasing the amount of travel its staff of more than 2,100 undertakes between campuses. Utilizing video collaboration enables the hospital to reduce its travel costs enabling medical professionals to collaborate on live surgery, endoscopic imaging and training.
The new video collaboration and digital operating room solutions provide surgeons with information at their fingertips and are powered by Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, the most comprehensive and interoperable software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. The use of video recording and archiving for training has improved the knowledgebase of physicians, improved the workflow in the operating room and enabled more people to be trained.