Johnson & Johnson (J&J) MedTech has signed a memorandum of understanding with NVIDIA to advance the use of artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications for surgery.

The partnership is intended to bolster access to real-time analysis and the worldwide availability of AI algorithms.

These applications will be used for surgical decision-making, training, and collaboration across the connected operating room (OR).

J&J MedTech will combine its surgical technologies portfolio with NVIDIA’s healthcare-focused AI platform.

The medical technology firm said that these technologies will enable rapid, secure, and real-time deployment of AI using its connected digital ecosystem for surgery.

Under the collaboration, J&J MedTech will combine its digital ecosystem with the NVIDIA IGX edge computing platform and NVIDIA Holoscan edge AI platform.

The American medical technology firm will create infrastructure to deploy these AI-driven software algorithms for surgery in the OR.

NVIDIA said that IGX and Holoscan can aid in secure, real-time processing of data from devices across the OR to offer clinical insights and enhance surgical outcomes.

J&J MedTech intends to expand its open ecosystem for surgery by using AI technologies for the deployment of third-party models and applications.

NVIDIA’s solutions aim to promote innovation across the ecosystem and expedite the safe and scalable development and implementation of AI-powered applications.

The software company said that the delivery of real-time insights will support medical professionals before, during, and after procedures.

J&J MedTech executive vice president and worldwide chairman Tim Schmid said: “Johnson & Johnson MedTech is advancing healthcare toward a future that’s more connected and personalised.

“This future will be increasingly enabled by digital technologies that deliver efficiency, inform decision-making, and extend surgical training and education.

“Our deep heritage in healthcare and digital ecosystem in surgery and NVIDIA’s AI platforms hold enormous potential to create a more connected surgical experience.”