Surgical technology company Apella has raised $ 21 million in a Series A financing round led by Casdin Capital.
Other investors in this financing round are Vensana Capital, PFM Health Sciences, Twine Ventures, Upside Partnership and Operator Partners.
WHAT IT DOES
Apella’s first digital surgery products are AI-enabled sensors that can be installed in an operating room to collect data about operations. This data can be used to improve operations, train staff, make medical decisions, and improve outcomes.
“At Apella, we know that you can’t improve what you can’t measure,” said David Schummers, Apella co-founder and CEO, in a statement. “We develop systematic methods for continuous improvement that can be applied to all types of operations and medical procedures.”
WHAT IT IS FOR
The company will use Series A funding to install its system in new hospitals. It also plans to hire new team members and develop new applications for its platform.
A variety of other companies are developing digital tools to improve surgical quality and training.
London-based Proximie uses augmented reality, AI and machine learning to enable doctors get started practically and provide support from a distance. The company partnered with telemedicine giant Teladoc Health in the fall to integrate its software with Teladoc’s virtual care platform for hospitals and healthcare systems.
Medical technology and supplier company Hillrom launched its Helion integrated surgical system in July, which helps surgical teams communicate and manage patient information during procedures.
In April, Activ Surgical received FDA approval for its ActivSight intraoperative imaging module, which is designed to provide surgeons with real-time visualizations during surgery.
Several companies also use virtual reality for surgical training or preparation. Vantari VR, FundamentalVR, and Osso VR can all be used to train doctors or medical students for surgery or other clinical work.
Meanwhile PrecisionOS received FDA 510 (k) clearance late last month for its InVisionOS system, which enables surgeons to plan their operations using virtual reality.