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In March 2016, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the University of Liverpool officially opened the first phase of a dedicated research, education and innovation centre (ICH) adjacent to Alder Hey’s new state-of the art children’s hospital. Unusually for an NHS campus, ‘Alder Hey in the Park’ houses an innovation hub with a specific focus on technology.
The Alder Hey innovation service aims to harness technology that is not yet widely used in the healthcare context (such as 3D printing and bio-sensors) to improve health outcomes, particularly in surgery and critical care.
Alder Hey’s innovative Cardiac teams already work closely with 3D LifePrints by using 3D printing technology to plan complex operations, improve communication between doctors and patients and facilitate medical learning.
3D Printing supporting complex Cardiac Surgery- An interview with Rafael Guerrero
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has teamed up with Microsoft in a partnership which will see the hospital using mixed-reality headsets to improve surgical outcomes. Alder Hey will use technology from Microsoft to help doctors collaborate and improve the way surgeons operate.
Using Microsoft’s large screen Surface Hubs, doctors will be able to share patient charts, test and medical images which would usually be written on paper and located at different points within the hospital.
For surgeons, the HoloLens headset will enable them to create 3D holograms which can be viewed and interacted with in real-time. This will give surgeons up-to-date information that they can view whilst operating on a patient.
Rafael Guerrero, a cardiac surgeon at Alder Hey, explained the benefits that HoloLens could bring.
“Imaging a patient’s heart from the inside and from the outside is absolutely essential. I have to vis ualise that 3D view in my head in order to do this operation. You can display those images on a screen in the operating theatre sometimes, but it’s not easily accessible; and I can’t leave in the middle of an operation to go get more information about my patient. In many cases, the heart has already stopped in order for us to operate.
“Microsoft HoloLens and mixed reality will, in the future, enable me to have a patient’s scans in front of me while I’m doing the operation. If I can use technology to obtain that information, to see those images in front of me, that helps me tremendously and improves the outcome for my patient,” Guerrero explained.
HoloLens will give surgeons access to information that may have not previously been available during surgery, all in real-time and without the surgeon having to use their hands.
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