J&J MedTech launches the Polyphonic™ digital surgical ecosystem

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The Polyphonic™ digital ecosystem will provide applications, a secure development platform, and a marketplace for curated software solutions to meet the needs of surgeons, healthcare teams, hospitals, and patients.

Johnson & Johnson MedTech announced the selected release of Polyphonic, its open and secure digital ecosystem designed to provide a “more connected surgical experience,” according to the company.

Currently available only to selected hospitals and focused on laparoscopic surgery, the ecosystem includes software applications for surgical videos, telepresence, and collaborative planning solutions. The first version aims to make significant use of surgical video data, as one minute of surgical video generates over 25 times the data of a high-resolution CT image.

The process used by many surgeons to share surgical videos within a healthcare system requires multiple programs, which is time-consuming and involves a lot of manual work. Polyphonic, on the other hand, is a connected ecosystem that enables faster and easier collaboration, similar to a social media network, but with greater security.

J&J MedTech stated that Polyphonic has the potential to help surgeons manage, tag, edit, and securely share anonymized videos, thereby enhancing collaboration throughout the surgical lifecycle. According to the company, other features such as telepresence and case planning functionalities will contribute to greater collaboration, peer training, and workflow efficiency in the operating room.

“Video is critical for surgical teams to document cases, understand case flow, and share with other surgeons for greater expertise,” a J&J MedTech spokesperson told MD+DI. “The problem with surgical videos today is that it takes hours to download, edit, tag, and create a shareable video with other surgeons. Often, already overburdened surgeons are tasked with this hours-long job. Our video library allows surgical teams to seamlessly capture, edit, and share videos with case context, offering cloud-based storage for easy and secure sharing within Polyphonic, video editing tools for highlights and screenshots to spotlight learning opportunities, video publishing to the Polyphonic reference library to share experiences with a network of users, and with video publishing, residents can observe how their attendings complete a procedure to be better prepared for a similar case.”

By improving connectivity to help empower the surgeon’s insight, according to the company, the ecosystem would help individual physicians receive personalized feedback on OR performance, minimizing the 45% of surgeons who “rarely receive information” on this aspect, thereby increasing the quality of surgical practice.

“Improved connectivity can help empower surgeon insights,” they told MD+DI. “For example, robotic platform data captured during a procedure can be analyzed to offer surgeons detailed performance insights and actions taken during a procedure and compare data with previous procedures.”

One of the hospitals chosen to participate in the beta program, the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, Netherlands, is currently using the ecosystem during surgeries. “Digital will revolutionize the future of surgery,” said Dr. Ivo Broeders, surgeon, head of the AI lab at Meander Medical Centre, and paid consultant for J&J MedTech, in the company’s announcement. “We are proud to be pioneers in the digital realm and excited to test this promising software solution. Together with Johnson & Johnson MedTech, we are shaping the future of surgical excellence and paving the way for transformative advancements in healthcare.”

Future Releases

The company stated that future releases will focus more broadly on the digital surgery ecosystem, including a studio for creators and developers and a store to provide secure access to selected digital solutions. Largely vendor-independent, the ecosystem will act as an aggregate for video libraries, regardless of the source; future use cases, however, could be more complex and proprietary.

According to J&J MedTech, the Polyphonic studio will eventually offer data management, advanced analytics, edge computing, and connectivity, as well as design and development toolkits so creators and developers can “create and scale software solutions for surgery.” The studio will also provide AI capabilities leveraging the company’s collaboration with NVIDIA to support greater access to real-time analytics and the global availability of AI algorithms.

Bringing together a rich marketplace of curated software solutions, the Polyphonic store will enable access to J&J MedTech and third-party products.

“The Polyphonic Store is a marketplace that will bring together users, creators, and developers, providing a safe space to access and exchange curated digital solutions,” according to the company spokesperson. “If a third-party developer or researcher has a software application that can integrate with the Polyphonic digital ecosystem, we will work with them to integrate it into the Polyphonic Store. As we continue to develop the Polyphonic digital ecosystem, we will work closely with collaborators, partners, and customers worldwide to provide flexibility as we expand Polyphonic to general availability.”

J&J MedTech also stated that it plans to ship the system with its Ottava soft tissue surgical system—a four-arm surgical robot integrated into a hospital bed-sized frame—as an external interface to the device. The surgical robot is expected to require FDA clinical trial clearances by the end of the year.

The global commercial launch of Polyphonic is expected in 2025.

Source: mddionline.com