Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and SURGLASSES join forces to utilize new technology in medical education.

Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and SURGLASSES join forces to utilize new technology in medical education.

Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and SURGLASSES jointly organized the "Innovation and Clinical Application Symposium on Technology in Medical Education and Training." The symposium highlighted the "OOOPDS - 3D Medical Image Processing Surgical Planning Software" registered and verified by the Food and Drug Administration. This software serves as the foundation to support Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital's project titled "Patient-Centered Pelvic Safe Reconstruction: Utilizing 3D Simulation-Assisted Surgery for Reduction and Fixation." In the future, through fracture reconstruction simulation software and cloud-based transmission, precise preoperative planning for complex fracture surgeries can be conducted, effectively reducing surgical time, patient blood loss, and surgical risks. Director Lin Xinrong, Vice Director Chen Zongying, and CEO Wang Minliang from SURGLASSES, symbolically signed the cooperation agreement, expressing their collective commitment to opening a safer path for skeletal reconstruction for injured patients.

DaAi TV / Huang Mengjing, Deng Mingyi, Hualien Report.

Under the leadership of Director Xie Mingzhen, the Teaching Department of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital has long been committed to promoting the integration of medical education and modern technology. Through collaboration with SURGLASSES, the Orthopedic Department and Teaching Department jointly developed the "Patient-Centered Pelvic Safe Reconstruction: Utilizing 3D Simulation-Assisted Surgery for Reduction and Fixation" project. This initiative was recognized with the "Clinical Innovation Award" at the 2021 National Innovation Awards. The multi-touch anatomical software platform constructed as part of this project provides medical students with additional opportunities for practice through 3D simulations, complementing the instruction provided by anatomical instructors. Deputy Director Yeh Guangting noted that the primary objective of each industry-academia collaboration is to aid patients. The collaboration with Taiwan Bone King has yielded practical clinical applications. Specifically, it assisted in the treatment of a severely injured individual involved in the Taroko Express train derailment on April 2, this year. With the assistance of the 3D simulation platform, the patient's pelvic bone reconstruction proceeded smoothly during surgery, resulting in successful treatment and eventual discharge from the hospital.

Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital President Lin Xinrong stated that despite the contributions of silent mentors at Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and Tzu Chi University School of Medicine, not all medical institutions have sufficient surgical simulation resources for physicians and medical students. With this multi-touch anatomical software platform, which combines the compassionate contributions of anatomical instructors with high-tech applications, every surgical step and detail can be precisely calculated and simulated. In the future, this will benefit not only orthopedic patients but also physicians and patients from various other medical specialties.

"Wang Minliang, CEO of SURGLASSES, shared that the core principle of our company is to 'empathize with the patients' suffering.' Over twenty years ago, the inspiration to start developing medical-related products came from a genuine 'thank you' expressed by a post-surgery patient. The patient sincerely appreciated the heartfelt treatment and pain relief provided by the medical staff. This expression of gratitude motivated CEO Wang to leverage his expertise to alleviate patient suffering as much as possible. This multi-touch anatomical software platform includes features for anatomy and pathology. It not only accurately presents various hard and soft tissues such as the respiratory system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, urinary or nervous systems but also integrates with a national examination question bank. This integration allows students to fully learn and practice examinations. Through repeated operation and application, continuous training aims to achieve mastery."

Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and Taiwan Bone King collaborate on this project, utilizing preoperative simulation procedures and subsequent applications in clinical medicine. Apart from the pelvic fracture patient involved in the Taroko Express train derailment incident, another individual injured in an August car accident has undergone surgery and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Deputy Director Yeh Guangting pointed out that pelvic fracture surgeries are lengthy, and it is generally challenging to simulate realistic pelvic fracture scenarios on anatomical models. Through collaboration with SURGLASSES and integration with the silent mentor program at Tzu Chi University's Simulation Medicine Center, trainees can conduct preoperative software simulations before actual anatomical operations. This not only accelerates student learning and familiarity with complex surgeries but also benefits more injured patients and enhances surgical safety.


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