Doctors Use Apps To Improve Outcome Of Surgeries

Doctors Use Apps To Improve Outcome Of Surgeries

Touch Surgery helps patients improve their mental state by walking them through the actual procedure thereby reducing stress levels.

John Pugh, BI
  • 21 april 2013

Regardless of how minor a surgery is, it’s only natural for a patient to get stressed out about going under the knife. Fluorescent lights, stainless steel and the fear of the unknown can lead to many a sleepless night leading up to an operation. But rather than prescribing a mild sedative to calm your nerves, today’s doctors might suggest you you fire up an iPad app instead.

Touch Surgery is an application designed to take some of the mystery out of medical procedures by letting users experience the surgery beforehand, albeit virtually. The app offers free, downloadable ‘modules’ that depict common operations such as cholecystectomy or appendectomy using video and computer-based simulations, helping patients and their families understand what to expect from an upcoming procedure.

touch surgery 2

A patient’s mental state is important before surgery, and in fact may contribute to improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays. Apps such as Touch Surgery allow patients to visualize the steps of the operation in visual detail, taking the mystery and fear away from the actual procedure. Jean Nehme, who developed the project with fellow surgeons Andre Chow, Sanjay Purkayastha and Advait Gandhe, commented on its potential impact:

We’ve found that it really improves patient comprehension and reduces anxiety, and people are getting out of hospitals faster. Once upon a time, the surgeon was god, but now it’s more of a shared partnership.

The app can also be used to help surgeons familiarize themselves with the steps associated with a specific operation, filling in training gaps or providing a refresher on less common procedures. Overall, this can improve patient safety by giving surgeons more confidence and providing a means of safe training and assessment before a scalpel and set of forceps ever comes into contact with an actual patient’s body.

Each operation begins with the theatre set-up: choosing your preferred kind of operating table, arranging your patient into position, and applying appropriate drapes. Then the tools come out, and each step is performed by correctly positioning a green circle over the pink ‘operation zone,’ with the procedure animated in real-time as you swipe your finger across the screen.

touch surgery 3

As a means of spreading best practices and drilling procedural steps into trainee surgeons’ minds, Touch Surgery offers a radical new model for the profession. For patients, the app has the potential to have a positive impact on overall patient satisfaction as well as patient outcomes.

Touch Surgery

PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook page, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.


PSFK's Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Brand Development
Media & Publishing Today

CNN Launched An Entire Drone Division Of Their News Network

CNN AIR incorporates aerial footage into the corporation's ongoing news coverage

Advertising Today

Uber’s Breathalyzer Cards Let You Know If You Are Sober Enough To Drive

A new campaign from the ride-sharing service raises awareness about the importance of a safe trip home


Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Design Today

Milk Proteins Could Be The Packaging Material Of The Future

A newly discovered casein-based alternative is biodegradable, sustainable and even edible

Technology Today

Intel’s New System Will Help Technology See And Understand The World

Joule is a tiny board for developers designed to bring powerful computer vision to cheap and easy-to-make prototypes


Yee Lee

Lending, Community, Trust

Design Today

This LA Hotel Is Designed Specifically For Cocktail Drinkers

The Walker Inn is a new Los Angeles "Bed and Beverage" experience that offers guests an intimate setting for their night cap

Education Today

Bringing Virtual Reality And Telepresence Robotics To E-Learning

This Learning Management System is embracing new technologies to reallocate teaching resources to where they should be going

Advertising Today

Interactive Art Exhibition For Dogs Provides Endless Fun

Installations created by artist Dominic Wilcox are based on activities loved by canines, such as fetching tennis balls and splashing in water


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs Yesterday

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: The Annual Review Becomes An Everyday, Collaborative Activity

Our Future of Work vision is a web-based platform through which teams can collaborate on and monitor performance reviews across all channels, ensuring a happier workplace

Beauty Today

Design Your Own Custom Watch Faces

Customize your wrist device with Garmin's new app that lets you display personalized images or patterns

Syndicated Today

How The Olympics Taught Us Lessons In Cloud Analytics

Dan Vesset, group VP for analytics and information management at IDC, tells how cloud-based business analytics support decision-making

Beauty Today

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

Arts & Culture Today

Artist Shuts Down Sexist Comments By Turning Them Into Images

Rora Blue explores social stigma in a photo series titled 'Handle With Care'

Arts & Culture Today

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Kanebo's latest addition to the Evita line includes an application that dispenses cleanser in the shape of a flower


Innovation Debrief: Boston
Business Concepts Born In 'The Hub'

Mobile Today

Twitter Bot Will Warn You If You Are A Troll

An online tool developed out of Intel's Hack Harassment movement helps filter out or notify cyber bullies

Retail Today

Passengers Can Now Earn Airline Miles For Sharing Their Location Data

The Frequent Flyer app measures background data and gives travelers points that can be exchanged for tickets with participating airlines

Advertising Today

The NBA Is Releasing Two Original Shows To Stream On Twitter

The sports league announced a deal that demonstrates an interesting expansion of its content strategy

No search results found.