Hillrom, a publicly traded company best known for its connected hospital beds, is looking to the operating room with the introduction of its Helion integrated surgical system, which helps surgical teams communicate during a procedure. That news comes after Hillrom bought Italian company Videomed’s technology for around $ 9.4 million in 2020, with an additional $ 3.7 million in consideration on certain milestones.
“Last year we took over Videomed and its technology – now renamed Helion – as part of our commitment to advancing connected care and are now introducing it to the US for the first time. The Helion Integrated Surgical System has a comprehensive and user-centric design and intuitive interfaces and controls to help surgical teams effectively manage the operating room and the flow of patient information, all with the ultimate goal of producing more positive outcomes for patients, “said Howard Karesh , VP for corporate communications MobiHealthNews.
As part of Helion, clinicians can record and share video from any provider, and the system has full 3D support. The manufacturer-neutral system enables users to use split views and make two-channel recordings. Users can set up multi-networking options and secure communication channels.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Although Hillrom got its start in the hospital bed space, we can assume that the company’s future will include more digital tools for patients and providers.
“Around 80% of our business consists of acute care, i.e. intensive care beds, hospital beds, childbirth and delivery stretchers, advanced patient monitoring and diagnostics – all the things that are included in acute care – about 15% are doctors’ offices, ”said Karesh. “These are essentially the Welch Allyn patient monitoring and diagnostic tools, as well as the physical examination tools.”
While this new announcement falls into the acute care field, it is a departure from the company’s traditional line of products. The branching out of beds will continue in the future, according to Karesh. Mergers and acquisitions, like those that helped launch Helion, can go a long way in diversifying the portfolio.
“Then there is 5% who are technology for the home. So the entire connectivity concept runs through our entire portfolio – airway and app vision, nursing and diabetic retinopathy screenings, operating tables, and other technologies that we would like to acquire. We are very active on the M&A front and will strengthen this concept of networked care not only for beds, sensors and vital seismometers, but also for the entire portfolio. “
Karesh said connected technologies were a priority for the company during the pandemic.
“In a way, the past year has shown a lot of the future. And some of that has to do with technologies that we were developing that were just beginning to commercialize that suddenly became more important, ”he said.
In particular, he said that over the past year, tools for care coordination and patient monitoring have become crucial.
THE BIGGER TREND
There are several companies developing digital tools for support in the operating room. At the end of 2019, Philips Lab presented a Augmented reality tool that helps clinicians with intraoperative procedures. With the system, doctors can display images during the operation and control the system with their vision.
Based in Boston in April Active Surgical received FDA approval for its technology that can provide surgeons with real-time intraoperative visual data.
Additionally Avail Medsystems has created a telemedicine platform for collaboration with remote treatment rooms. It recently called for $ 100 million in Series B funding.