The “digital operating room of the future” at the new Smith + Nephew Academy

A virtual reality simulator studio, warm green spaces, an interactive LED wall, and more healthcare professionals in the area can look forward to. Priya Sunil takes readers on a tour of the facility.

Imagine this: You are performing a simulated knee surgery alongside a person. However, this person is located in country A, while you are located in country B. The entire interaction is seamless, and it feels like you two are right in the operating room together. Now, how is this possible?

It’s all thanks to the use of virtual reality (VR), of course — something Smith + Nephew (S+N) brought to life on its recent launch. S+N Academy in Singapore Alice @ Mediapolisthe first major medical education and digital innovation hub for medical technology businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

this is New Academy It will provide an “engaging, immersive and interactive” training environment for healthcare professionals from across the region to experiment with the latest products and technologies, and improve their techniques under the guidance of expert peers. Designed to support the corporate goal of Life Unlimited, it aims to deliver on three core pillars – Education and innovation And the Excellence.

Here is a quick look at the features and facilities that make up the academy:

Welcome lounge

Upon entering the Academy, learners and visitors are greeted by a welcoming lounge with self-check-in kiosks, plenty of seating, a coffee corner, and warm greenery. The auditorium, which can hold up to 100 event attendees, features an interactive LED wall that allows individuals to view presentations, videos, and live broadcasts from the auditorium and vital skills lab.

An interactive LED wall from sn Academy in the loungeAn interactive LED wall from sn Academy in the loungeAn interactive LED wall from sn Academy in the lounge

The digital operating room of the future

Here, learners will be given the opportunity to experience an advanced digital operating room (OR) ecosystem that integrates technology with S+N Orthopedics’ endoscopic navigation, robotics, and visualization solutions.

What also stands out about this OR is its ability to be configured to resemble the hospital of the future. Innovators will be able to perform surgical demonstrations during a live broadcast to the audience either in the hall or virtually around the world.

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Auditorium / seminar rooms

The auditorium, which can also be divided into two soundproofed seminar rooms, is built to seat up to 100 people and will host a range of activities – classroom lectures and events including town halls, award ceremonies and fireside chats.

It also features video capabilities and audio systems that allow simultaneous live broadcasting to the lounge we talked about above, as well as to the Digital Operations and Vital Skills Lab.

sn academy hall

AR/VR simulation studio

Ever wonder what it feels like to run a simulation with a remote peer? Well, one of the highlights of S+N Academy is making this a reality (no pun intended) With educational VR format. Through the simulation studio, individuals or groups will be able to learn and practice new techniques in a “quiet, relaxed, and exclusive” environment.

Offer an idea of ​​what it might look like, like HRO Noted on the day of the launch party:

Laboratory space

The Advanced Bioskills Lab consists of 10 standard stations and 2 super stations equipped with 4K cameras, sound and microphones. This allows professionals to broadcast live surgeries from the lab – straight into the auditorium and auditorium.

According to S+N, this “first-in-class” lab is integrated with C-arm technology and a lead wall for added safety, and is fully equipped to support cadaver training and R&D testing.

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