Imagine the nurse wheeling you into surgery. How do you know it’s going to go well? In order to even get a job as a surgeon, your doctor has nearly a decade of schooling, years of training and hours of annual ongoing education. That surgeon has passed endless tests and impressed skeptical licensing boards. Still, nobody’s perfect. Things go wrong. Despite all this specialized training, medical procedures still have risks. Despite best efforts, mistakes happen. Even the best surgeon is still just a human doing an impossibly difficult and inherently risky job. Often, the only way we really measure the success or failure is the outcome: did something go wrong? There are so many variables that impact complications in surgery or errors in procedures. The doctor, the nurse, the physical therapist can only control a few. How can we measure medical professionals’ proficiency outside of the outcomes of their work? Adeptus Interactive is a medical edtech startup that uses AI to evaluate the patterns of human motion to evaluate the success of medical practice. Adeptus Interactive’s first product, the Adept, is a laparoscopic surgical trainer that taught surgical residents laparoscopic surgery at record speed. Whether teaching new surgeons or helping existing surgeons maintain their practice, the Adept uses motion capture to translate the movement of real surgical tools into a 3D simulation. Inspired by popular video games, the surgeon completes competitive tasks. An internet- enabled AI finds patterns in the motion of the tool and provides a score, informed by the analysis of thousands of the same procedure, of the doctor’s proficiency. With an internet connection and a PC, surgeons can train anywhere in the world. With the Adept score, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals can at last be evaluated for what they can control – and not just outcomes.
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