Proximie is a revolutionary technology that is helping surgeons worldwide to connect more easily, collaborate more effectively and gather operating room data that improves productivity and ultimately patient outcomes.
Proximie is the preeminent tool for optimising efficiencies and outcomes in the operating room precisely because it is designed by surgeons for surgeons; our platform is a customer-led solution that has been developed by listening to the needs and concerns of medical experts, and tailoring Proximie to streamlining surgical workflow and training.
However Proximie is used - whether it be for remote proctoring, surgical guidance, academic training or building an archive of video recordings of procedures for review and technique development - it’s the needs and feedback of our customers that has shaped the platform and its functions.
No one is better placed to explain the benefits of Proximie than our clinical community themselves. Here, they describe their firsthand experiences of using Proximie, and how it has transformed their surgical practice and training.
In the operating room
“Proximie enabled me to collaborate with a surgeon who was carrying out an operation in the UK, and share expertise in real-time that would otherwise not be possible. Philosophically, when I do a surgery, that patient is benefiting from decades of experience — from people before me, who have passed on their expertise to me through teaching. That’s the big picture. When I collaborated with the surgeon in the UK, Proximie allowed me to pass on my experience to her, so that she could pass on the benefit to the patient. This is what is exciting about robotics working hand-in-hand with remote assistance; the hugely increased ease of access to expertise, guidance and proctoring that has tremendous potential to promote best practice and better equip us to capitalise on that one chance for a perfect outcome."
Dr. Jim Porter, medical director for robotic surgery at the Swedish Medical Centre in Seattle. You can read the full story of how Proximie-powered surgery saved a patient’s life here.
“Proximie allowed me to pass on my experience to her, so that she could pass on the benefit to the patient.”
“I use Proximie to help ENT surgeons in Ethiopia; they transmit their ear operations to me while I watch and give constructive advice. These trainees have had many hours of in-person supervision, and now only need the reassurance and advice of their very familiar teacher - me!"
Dr. Miriam Redleaf, Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Otology/Neurotology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
“As we plan for our future, I think we’ve had a taste of what the operating room is going to look like — fewer people, with dialled-in support. From a medical device point of view, as a surgeon I need those devices — whether a rep is there or not. That won’t change. The one universal reaction is that they have to have increased virtual presence, the ability to communicate more effectively and easily than we were doing before.”
Matt Albert, One of Florida’s premier colorectal surgeons specialising in laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery.
In the context of training
"Platforms such as Proximie are the future of surgical training. I cannot envisage a scenario where such platforms will not be part of gold standard training in the next 3-5 years."
Dr. Arjun S Takhar PhD FRCS (Ed), Consultant Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.
"Platforms such as Proximie are the future of surgical training.”
"Our institute was one of the first pilot sites selected by the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) for a global tele-observership program using virtual proctoring software such as Proximie. It's an innovative technology that has the potential to train physicians around the world - especially in developing countries - on the latest stroke treatments and neurointerventional techniques."
Dr. Brijesh Mehta, Vascular Interventional Neurologist and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke and Neurointerventional Surgery programs at the Memorial Neuroscience Institute
"After using this technology, I can’t imagine being without it. And the possibilities are truly boundless, from hospitals and health systems verifying surgeon credentialing to individual surgeons working with a system that knows the proper operation and can validate when they are competent based on their approach and moves. Eventually, the machine learning will be able to teach the highest quality operation and ensure the operator stays out of trouble. When Proximie has the power to ensure safe surgery and connect you to world-class experts as you work, how could any surgeon decline to use it?”
Dr. Deborah Keller M.D., Colorectal Surgeon and Surgical Outcomes Researcher
"The use of Proximie to me as a surgeon and academician revolves around its value as an educational tool, a training and mentoring platform, and a medium to provide direct clinical care. On the educational level, Proximie has allowed me to transmit live clinical and surgical content to students and trainees worldwide in an interactive fashion. It also allows me to mentor trainees and junior surgeons remotely to help them fill specific procedural or knowledge gaps."
Dr. Samer Doughan, M.D., FRCS, internationally renowned rhinologist and educator who is currently Tenured Professor and Chair of the department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).
“Proximie has allowed me to transmit live clinical and surgical content to students and trainees worldwide in an interactive fashion.”
"Proximie provides a brilliant way to teach and learn surgical skills remotely and has facilitated life-saving surgical treatment worldwide. I think it will be an integral part of future surgical training and am excited to see how we can continue to grow together."
Katie Hughes BSc MBBS MRCS, Core Surgical Trainee, Queen Victoria Hospital, ASiT Kent, Surrey and Sussex Representative.
"A tool like Proximie really puts us at the forefront of being able to continue to innovate and teach on many different levels. From making improvements in our own surgery to proctoring junior surgeons, to incorporating cutting edge and future technologies, the applications for a tool like Proximie are really unlimited. We look forward to continuing to use it in many aspects of our practice and creating an educational library for patients and surgeons to utilize in the future."
Dr. Michael P. Bradley, MD, MBA, MS, Orthopedic surgeon whose practice focuses on sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, and knee, shoulder and hip replacements.
"In my opinion the Proximie platform will change the face of surgery by enhancing training opportunities, facilitating improved mentorship and offering a means to validate surgical skills acquired."
Neil Donnelly, Consultant Neurologist & Skull Base Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"In my opinion the Proximie platform will change the face of surgery…”
“No longer will it be just those that are in the operating theatre that get the benefit of that one-off experience, students and trainees can watch it live and then have continued access to it afterwards. This is the new way."
Dr. Ramzi Alami, Head of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Unit at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) in Lebanon.
Driving operating room efficiency and productivity
"Recording data streams from room cameras, operating table light cameras as well as the operative robot and microscope has led to unexpected insights into potential efficiency and ergonomic modifications of the procedure.”
Dr. Joe Dusseldorp, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon from Australia
"One of the best features of Proximie is that you can record surgical procedures and then sit down with a fellow, trainee or colleague and go through the procedure with them, finding new ways to enhance their technique in order to increase efficiency, reduce unnecessary surgical times and improve outcomes for patients.”
Mr Andrea Bille is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
"One of the best features of Proximie is that you can record surgical procedures and then sit down with a fellow, trainee or colleague and go through the procedure with them, finding new ways to enhance their technique…”