Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that it is the first hospital in New Jersey to implement the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, personalized surgical skills insights platform, C-SATS. C-SATS, which stands for Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills,enables Hackensack University Medical Center’s internationally-recognized surgical robotics team to securely track performance and continuously enhance their skills, with the goal of improved patient outcomes.
“Hackensack University Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our robotics surgery program is world-renowned, and we look forward to incorporating this new technology to continue advancing our program.”
Hackensack University Medical Center has the largest robotic surgery programs in the New York metropolitan area and is highly regarded for advancing robotic surgical techniques and procedures both nationally and internationally. Hackensack University Medical Center’s surgical robotics team will utilize this innovative, new technology to elevate their skills.
“Hackensack Meridian Health utilizes cutting-edge technology and advanced data analytics to continue improving our quality, clinical efficiency and patient outcomes,” said Carol Barsky, M.D., MBA, executive vice president and chief quality officer, Hackensack Meridian Health and an advocate for quality standards and outcomes. “C-SATS is not only a powerful continuing education solution for our world-class surgeons, but it helps us achieve our goals as a system.”
Utilizing the C-SATS platform, approved procedures performed at Hackensack University Medical Center are captured by an intraoperative video recording and then securely transmitted for anonymous and confidential evaluation by expert surgeons and trained reviewers who provide objective feedback on technical skills and technique. Using a unique combination of human insights supplemented by AI and machine learning, both qualitative and quantitative feedback is communicated to each physician through personalized dashboards.
“At Hackensack University Medical Center, we understand how important it is for surgeons to constantly enhance their skills to remain at the top of their field,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology and director of Robotic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. The robotic surgery team worked closely with the C-SATS team on implementation of the new program. “C-SATS helps us offer new learning opportunities for our team members and helps us continue promoting a culture of excellence.”
The C-SATS program, which started as a six-month pilot in August 2018, has now moved into full implementation across all specialties at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Huzefa Neemuchwala, Ph.D., VP & GM C-SATS Digital Surgery Solutions, shared, “Hackensack University Medical Center’s engagement with C-SATS demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to its surgeons and quality of care. It further supports our mission of delivering better patient outcomes and demonstrates an appreciation of what we provide and how C-SATS can help facilitate surgical skills improvement.”
Surgeons performing minimally invasive procedures and leveraging C-SATS can uncover valuable insights, view performance trends and share their expertise with the broader surgeon community. The platform also provides health systems with aggregated trends and performance data across the surgical team.