Four years ago, while playing soccer on Roosevelt Island, I was tackled and tore my ACL. It was a devastating injury in a sport I’d been playing since childhood. After reconstructive surgery and physical therapy, I was able to make a full recovery.
Many people are not so fortunate. Every year millions of people undergo knee, hip and spine surgery. There are high rates of complications and failed surgeries. It’s a particular challenge in less developed regions in India & China, where patients have limited access to skilled surgeons and hospital staff.
This is where medical technology can help. For the past year I’ve been working with global healthcare leaders to develop a next-generation orthopedic surgery platform. The goal is to make common surgical procedures like hip replacement and spinal fusion less invasive and more reliable.
New tools like AI / deep learning, machine vision, computer navigation and robotic guidance are poised to transform the role of the surgeon and reduce errors. Technology-guided surgery will be faster, cheaper and more effective. Patients will be able to get out of the hospital sooner and back to their normal lives more quickly.
Just as airplanes have installed high-tech aviation systems to make a pilot’s job simpler and safer, new medical technology is set to transform the hospital experience for both surgeons and patients. These software-enabled tools can improve healthcare access & quality for people across the globe.
Stay tuned for more of my thoughts on opportunities in MedTech / Digital Health. In the meantime -- if you're working on anything cool in this space, I'd love to hear from you!