Surgery, information technology  

Central control system for operating rooms

17 March 2006

Andover, Mass., USA. The CONDOR Control System for operating rooms is a surgical command centre that puts medical staff in control of the devices, patient information and even the lighting and temperature of the operating room.

Launched by Smith & Nephew's (NYSE:SNN) Endoscopy division, the control system is designed as the nucleus of its Digital Operating Rooms (Digital ORs), customized surgical solutions designed to improve patient care and operating room efficiency.

The new technology, incorporated into Digital ORs, makes it possible for a medical team to send commands to medical devices, digital cameras, image management systems and other components using voice commands and a wireless touch panel. It also enables real-time streaming audio and video of the procedure over the Internet to classrooms, offices and consulting surgeons in other locations, around the world.

The system is modular. It can be configured to work with a hospital's existing information systems, and it can be upgraded as new features and new technology are released.

"Our new CONDOR Control System enables surgeons and nurses to save time managing surgical devices and devote more time to the job they were trained to do — attend to the needs of patients," said Sal Chiovari, vice president, Digital OR.

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