Sony’s NUCLeUS Video Over IP Solution, Medical Monitors and Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras Provide an Integrated OR Experience That Maximizes Productivity, Frees Up Space and Allows for Future Expansion.
Using NUCLeUS as my video backbone and broadcasting platform allows me to effortlessly connect and route multiple medical devices throughout the institute. With this flexible setup, I can be more efficient and break down psychical walls because I’m not required to have one system for each room or dedicated space. Instead, I’m able to move from room to room with one system and tie them all together over a protected network. This allows me to recreate an OR footprint in an office setting which minimizes my capital equipment investments, provides more capable technologies and maximizes my space and time. That adds up to a real return on investment.
Dr. Marc Dean, Otolaryngologist
Ear & Sinus Institute
Dr. Marc Dean is a board-certified otolaryngologist, specializing in neuropathic and ventilatory disorders of the ear and sinus. He runs a clinical innovation research institute and is in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to his medical training at LSUHSC Shreveport and work as a clinical assistant professor at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Dr. Dean has a background in bioinformatics and computer programming, which contributes to his understanding of technology and its value. He integrates new technologies into his practice to improve outcomes, elevate healthcare training and education, empower simplify operations and foster collaboration.
It’s in Dr. Dean’s clinical innovation research institute, which has ambulatory surgical capabilities within a clinic setting, that he is able to implement new technologies that create efficiencies and offer his patients “an OR level surgical experience, with the advantages of a clinic setting.” Recently, he adopted Sony’s scalable NUCLeUS video-over-IP touchscreen enabled OR Integration solution to streamline every phase of the endoscopic workflow, including surgical video capture, recording and sharing. He uses NUCLeUS alongside Sony’s SRG-X400 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras and 31-inch 4K and 4K/3D medical monitors for enhanced interoperability and insights.
In addition, because NUCLeUS is IP-based, it is easy to set up, works with existing infrastructures, provides minimal latency, isn’t dependent on physical space and is modality neutral. Dr. Dean is able to integrate the system with his microscopes, endoscopes, surgical navigation, 3D teaching programs, 3D cameras, PTZ cameras, 4K monitors and virtual reality/mixed reality platforms.
Dr. Dean explains, “Adopting NUCLeUS as my video backbone and broadcasting platform has allowed me to effortlessly connect and route multiple medical devices throughout the institute. With this flexible setup, I can be more efficient and break down psychical walls because I’m not required to have one system for each room or dedicated space. Instead, I’m able to move from room to room with one system and tie them all together over a protected network. This allows me to alternate between an OR and clinic footprint within the same space via Sony’s IP based workflow which minimizes my capital equipment investments, provides more capable technologies and maximizes my space and time. That adds up to a real return on investment.”
Another benefit of selecting NUCLeUS is its remote capabilities. As a result of the pandemic, the world quickly adapted to telemedicine and Sony’s system helped Dr. Dean seamlessly pivot. “I’m broadcasting through the attached PTZ cameras, as well as through a telemedicine platform, and streaming to be able to do a lot of my remote telemedicine,” he said. “And in my field, we’re typically six inches from someone’s face, so many ENTs had to shut down for months during the pandemic. Through NUCLeUS and the PTZ cameras, I was able to provide nearly the same level of services remotely which minimized patient contact and potential exposure for elderly and immunocompromised individuals.”
This also proves valuable for providing an instructive training and education experience for in person or remote fellows. Dr. Dean explained, “Having multiple feeds enables remote trainees to look at my hands, as well as the endoscopic image and the patient’s positioning, offering a comparable experience to an in-person visit.
Looking ahead, Dr. Dean sees how Sony’s system will help him continue to advance. He said, “NUCLeUS has helped me evolve the way I’m able to practice and allowed me to plan for the future.” And according to Dr. Dean, the future looks bright. He hopes to use the solution to “integrate multiple medical technologies that arise in other healthcare areas to force multiply what we can do with them.” He added, “I can have other specialists come into the clinic and utilize the same equipment I use as an ENT but in a way that fits into their operating environment and style. In the future, I envision a tele-fellowship program that will leverage IP technology to connect clinics nationwide that would allow medical professionals located around the country to work as if they were all in the same medical office building or room.”