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Johnson & Johnson acquires U of Washington start-up that helps surgeons improve their skills


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 11th, 2018

Johnson & Johnson has acquired a University of Washington start-up for its cloud technology that helps surgeons evaluate and improve their skills.

Founded in 2014, C-SATS (Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills) uses operating room cameras to record a surgeon’s performance, then hires experts to analyze the video and offer feedback on factors such as precision and efficiency.

The start-up has raised nearly $6 million to develop and commercialize the technology, which will now be incorporated into the Johnson & Johnson Institute’s education and training platform. C-SATS already has customers in some of the nation’s largest health systems, and it employs more than 20 people, all of whom plan to stay on post-acquisition.

“This scalable platform is powered by data capture, analytics and artificial intelligence, and will enable us to partner with healthcare systems in a differentiated way,” says Sandra Humbles, vice president of global education solutions at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. “It will fundamentally change how surgeons learn by giving them the opportunity to anonymously receive input on actual cases to improve their technical skills, which benefits patients, surgeons and health systems.”

Source: GeekWire

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