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Patient safety in surgery is a serious global public health concern. It is estimated that there are 421 million hospitalisations in the world annually, and approximately 42.7 million adverse events occur in patients during these hospitalisations. Majority of the medical errors happen during surgery, with at least 7 million people a year experiencing disabling surgical complications. Operating rooms (OR) are one of the most expensive areas of hospitals with preventable surgical errors and inefficiencies. The cost of OR delays is over $7000-$8000 per operating room day. With over 234 million surgical procedures being performed each year globally, there is an urgent need to upgrade the current operating theatres.


Scalpel improves patient safety and operating theatre efficiency during surgery using sensors and AI-based analytics. Their first product OR Bot is a software robot for operating theatres that confirms surgical safety, optimises instrumentation and measures theatre utilisation. Cognitive computing, Sensor Fusion and Data analysis drive the core functionalities of OR Bot. Their technology integrates data from healthcare records, sensors within the operating room and clinical actions to provide realtime information on safety and efficiency. Currently, they are performing clinical trials at Leeds and Birmingham hospital trusts.

“This is revolutionary. You are building a Smart Hospital.” – Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation