CMR Surgical (CMR) – the global surgical robotics business –  has launched partnerships with two tele-mentoring companies – Teladoc Health and SurgEase Innovations Ltd – to enhance its ongoing training support for surgical teams using the Versius® Surgical Robotic System.

Tele-mentoring systems utilise specialised monitors, sound systems and cameras to allow trainers and surgical preceptors to provide real-time guidance and technical assistance during surgical procedures irrespective of geography, to provide expert clinical support for surgical team as they master the Versius technology.

This additional remote assistance is provided to surgical teams as part of CMR’s comprehensive step-wise training programme, which utilises enhanced virtual reality technology, extensive supervised training and preceptor support.

CMR will utilise Teladoc Health’s Mini Tabletop device; initially launching at hospitals in Europe, South America, India and Australia. CMR will use technology from SurgEase Innovation’s Connected Health intelligence Platform (CHiP) at hospitals in the United Kingdom.

Vanash Patel, Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented: “When developing your skills with Versius, it is crucial to be able to get technical advice from trainers and preceptors. As part of its Preceptor programme, CMR selects the right expert to support, firstly in-person at the hospital, then through tele-mentoring meaning you can continue to get advice and support whenever you need it. It feels like the expert is in the room with you, seeing what you are seeing, advising you in real-time. Such technology will be of real benefit to the surgical team and their patients.”

Source: Company Press Release