California-based software company Osso VR has released a virtual reality (VR) training module for Smith & Nephew’s Navio robotics device.
Justin Barad, chief executive officer of Osso VR, said of the partnership with the UK-based medical device manufacturer: “Navio is a natural fit for virtual training and assessment as it involves robotics-assisted surgical steps coupled with a novel software interface, and Osso VR has demonstrated success instilling confidence in the technology of similar procedures.”
“As this technology becomes increasingly powerful and pervasive, we plan to continue to support its growth through a growing curriculum of virtual training. Smith & Nephew is the perfect partner for this groundbreaking approach given their dedication towards innovation and unlimited patient outcomes.”
Navio provides high levels of accuracy in an easily expandable robotics device, which is designed for knee surgery.
The device’s unique selling point is that it eliminates the time, costs and radiation exposure associated with preoperative CT imaging, allowing for real-time imaging in surgery to build a patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) model.
Osso VR offers a training platform for surgeons, sales teams and other trainees to address new techniques and increase confidence through learning for new medical devices. The technology provides realistic, haptic-enhanced interactions in an immersive training environment.
Last year, Osso VR agreed partnerships with US medical residency programmes to provide hands-on training opportunities for new surgeons.
They included Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s orthopedic residency programme, as well as Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Columbia University, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Harvard Medical School and Hospital for Special Surgery.