Exploitation, enrichment and efficient management of surgical video allows the development of Telm@, a new MIS (minimally invasive surgery) learning environment based on web technologies
The solution presents a training and on-line learning environment based on laparoscopic video edition, knowledge management and collaborative work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of surgeon’s training process (both initial and ongoing). Telm@ supports the optimization of the trainee´s learning curve, while providing surgeons ubiquitous access to didactic contents and methodologies and allowing them being more active and developing greater interactivity, a greater acquisition of knowledge and skills as well as a better use of the information sources available. The solution will reduce direct training costs and indirect health care costs associated with hospital stays and postoperative complications.
The paradigm shift that is assuming the introduction of the MIS in clinical routine requires a change in the patterns of training new professionals.
Telm@ has created a new training strategy based on knowledge management, cooperative work and information and communication technologies in order to improve the effectiveness of the training process (initial and ongoing) of surgeons.
A new learning environment based on web technologies has been developed, providing a custom learning service to users and allowing them to create, share and reuse didactics contents in compliance with specific learning needs. For the above reasons, the use of the laparoscopic video is at the core of the didactic contents, adding them educational value by using an authoring tool tailored to the needs of surgeons.
"The environment enhances the didactic value of surgical videos by editing them, giving the user a more interactive role in their initial or ongoing training and fostering collaboration between users with different surgical experience”
“The active participation of students in their learning processes, the reproducibility of the tasks and teaching flexibility are key requirements to reduce the learning curve”
Health policy impact: in the West, 50% of revenues are due to possible complications and postoperative convalescence. The arrival of MIS techniques, with any or short hospital stay reduces the social and economic costs. In USA, a 10% of the 15 million annual surgical procedures are performed with these techniques. In Europe it is estimated that in five years a 25% of all operations will carried out by MIS.
Patricia Sánchez González, Enrique J. Gómez Aguilera
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation - UPM