Touch Surgery, a London medical startup, raises £15m for augmented reality surgery headsets
Tourch Surgery announces today it has raised $20m (£15m) from the backers of Facebook’s Oculus headset. Touch Surgery is an interactive mobile surgical simulator that guides you through a step-by-step of every part of an operation, and every decision that’s made along the way. Touch Surgery was founded by two former surgeons, Dr Jean Nehme and Dr Andre Chow. The startup plans to use the funds to launch an “augmented reality” tool that trains medics on the finer points of surgery. Their augmented reality tool helps medics to learn, prepare and test on surgical procedures, anytime, anywhere.
The Touch Surgery app was designed by qualified surgeons, to help qualified & trainee surgeons perfect their skills and practice prior to a procedure. Touch Surgery allows surgeons to practice operations ranging from heart surgery to carpal tunnel operations by breaking down complex operations into their component steps – and scores are awarded for accuracy and knowledge.
Using the app, surgeons (and patients!) can ‘perform’ each stage of an operation on their mobile or tablet. Using sophisticated technology, Touch Surgery is creating accurate and valuable surgical content, disseminating the best techniques and procedures to improve the quality of surgery worldwide. It is an excellent platform for medical practitioners to discover the latest procedures authored by leading specialists.
According to Tourch Surgery website, there are 5 billion people without access to safe surgical services. Surgical disease causes more death worldwide than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Using digital technology we believe that we will enable surgeons to deliver safe surgical care for everyone. The Touch Surgery platform is an interactive surgical simulator for healthcare professionals; providing a realistic and detailed guide to every step of a procedure. Users can quickly learn surgery, instantly test their knowledge, and rehearse for surgery.