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Theator Now Supports Thoracic Surgery

We are excited to announce that we have expanded our Surgical Intelligence Platform into the field of thoracic surgery. Despite there being over 530,000 thoracic procedures conducted in the US each year, the surgical specialty is facing a major deficit of cardiothoracic surgeons. With lung cancer continuing to be on the rise in never-smokers, Theator’s award-winning technology will help hospitals meet the growing demand for minimally invasive thoracic surgeries by providing surgeons in the OR with the actionable insights they need to not only address but also up-level patient care across the board.

"At Theator, we are focused on generating actionable insights to positively impact patient outcomes and improve the quality of patient care. With the field facing a decreased supply of cardiothoracic surgeons, and thoracic surgery being a highly specialized and multidisciplinary field that involves collaboration among thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals, it's never been more important than now to capture and disseminate better information, so patients, no matter where they live, will be assured they are receiving the best care possible."

With its rollout timed to November’s Lung Cancer Awareness month, Theator’s technology will target the specialized field of thoracic surgery, spanning the treatment of conditions affecting the organs within the chest cavity, including the lungs, esophagus, and other thoracic structures.

“Currently, there are limited ways for surgeons to access actionable and reliable evaluations of thoracic surgical performance,” said Dr. Matthew Ninan, Director of Thoracic Surgery at HCA Florida Healthcare West Division. “Objective benchmarks are yet to be defined as well. By having these measurements at our fingertips, surgeons will be able to meet crucial performance indicators for each specific task throughout the procedure, improving our outcomes and providing much-needed insights into the patient’s recovery.”


Despite technological advancements in the industry, many hospitals do not leverage the latest tech advancements in the OR. And, this lack of technology is felt by patients as well. A recent study commissioned by Theator found that while 80% of patients were satisfied with their surgical outcomes, nearly a quarter (24%) of them needed corrective surgery. Of the patients who had complications during surgery (15%), over half of them believed they could have been avoided (58%). And, almost a quarter of patients felt that if their surgeon were able to capture video of their surgery, they likely would have had a different result.


Theator’s ability to help hospital systems increase the adoption of evidence-based surgical practices, has helped make it a leading technology in the operating room, with hospitals around the globe signing on daily. 

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