Nov 22, 2020

Explorer Surgical launches advanced video for remote surgery

remote surgery
computer vision
telestration
AI
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Explorer Surgical launches advanced video for remote surgery
The new video function offers telestration, zooming and screen sharing to help guide surgeons remotely...

ExplORer Surgical, a Chicago-based startup that's developed an interactive platform for surgeons, has launched a new suite of advanced audio and video capabilities to make remote support easier in the operating room (OR). 

The new video conferencing function uses augmented reality technology and supports telestration, allowing users to draw markers on the video image. Users can zoom in and out of areas and objects, and share their screen. This means that while one person may use a laser pointer to highlight a key instrument, someone else can highlight that item remotely on the screen. They can also save a picture of the telestration to ExplORer's server.

The video tool has been launched in response to the restrictions created by the Covid-19 pandemic, to assist with surgical training while social distancing rules remain in place. It works alongside ExplORer's existing workflow application, which creates a playbook of best practices specific to the procedure and each member of the surgical team. This allows critical information to be accessible throughout the surgery. 

ExplORer Surgical will be releasing an advanced analytics function shortly, which will use data from its video and workflow platforms to apply AI to its dataset. The platform already collects data and insights on actions occurring during procedures to highlight areas for improvement; the aim is for it to use predictive analytics and computer vision to passively collect additional data. 

Our entire platform is built on OR efficiency research from the University of Chicago, and we continue to identify the best ways to bring exciting technologies into surgical workflows that make sense and don’t further complicate the OR or procedural suites" said Jennifer Fried, CEO of ExplORer Surgical. 

"In a rapidly changing world and in high-stakes environments like the OR, we are dedicated to finding the best methods to bring innovation to the surgical and procedural teams."

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

RPA
Automation
Digitaltransformation
citizendeveloper
3 min
OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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