Sony’s smart operating platform NUCLeUS Operating Room scored FDA 510(k) clearance late last week. The new system allows clinicians to capture, store and share OR videos, scans and other patient data throughout its hospital network. This will also allow videos, including 3D videos, to be captured in "near real time.”
The latest tool was designed to reduce hardware requirements in the operating room, and doesn’t require network infrastructure upgrades, according to the company.
In the future, additional applications and features can be added as they are released. The tool also supports third-party applications via APIs. The images and videos can be stored in a patients records, and can also be used for education purposes, according to Sony.
The tech is already launched in the UK, Belgium and Sweden.
WHY IT MATTERS
The new technology is pitched as a way for providers to better coordinate care and gain access to patient data and images. According to Sony, the contents of the videos can also be used for teaching purposes.
“We are eager to put NUCLeUS in the hands of doctors, nurses and OR managers in the US so they can experience first-hand how the platform can dramatically improve surgical collaboration and potentially contribute to better patient outcomes,” Theresa Alesso, president of Sony Electronics’ Pro division, said in a statement. “With the ongoing development of unique ‘smart applications,’ NUCLeUS will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the OR.”
THE LARGER TREND
While Sony is best known for its consumer tech products, including TVs and sound systems, it has also been expanding its foothold in the healthcare space.
At the Connected Health Conference in October Sony displayed its B2B device platform that is planning to launch early next year. The system will help digital health companies incorporate a straightforward wearable sensor into their existing remote monitoring services.