Proximie, a London-based health tech startup that aims to digitise operating and diagnostic rooms, has announced the launch of the PxLens.
The announcement comes a year after raising $80M in Series C funding round.
This PxLens is a lightweight, wearable ‘smart glasses’ device – equipped with a 4K camera and embedded software.
The head-mounted device allows surgeons to share a ‘first-person’ perspective of open surgeries and minimally invasive procedures.
The device’s integration into Proximie’s cloud-based platform for telepresence, content, and insights from the OR makes the device unique in the market.
The company says that the first-person perspective allows participants observing remotely to have a far clearer picture of the surgery – providing opportunities to advise where necessary and/or learn from cutting-edge surgical techniques.
The PxLens can be used by anyone, anywhere, within 15 minutes of unboxing when paired with the Proximie mobile app, claims the company.
Voice activated commands enable hands-free control, and robust battery packs that can be swapped mid-procedure ensure even the longest procedures can be fully streamed and recorded.
According to Proximie, pilot procedures with surgeons wearing the PxLens were conducted in the United Kingdom and the United States in November 2022. It included colorectal, otolaryngology, orthopaedic, plastics and urology surgeries.
Digitising operating and diagnostic rooms
Founded by Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram, Proximie focuses on digitising operating and diagnostic rooms. The company’s mission is to deliver a connected surgical platform to help provide quality surgical care around the globe.
Every Proximie procedure can be recorded, analysed, and leveraged for future use to help inform best practices.
To date, Proximie has now conducted tens of thousands of surgical procedures and have been deployed in over 500 hospitals across 100 countries on five continents.
The UK company has contracts with over 35 major medical device companies – with access to 90% of operating rooms and diagnostic suites in the UK, US, and EU – and has been published in over 20 medical journals.
Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram, founder and CEO of Proximie, said: “The PxLens is unique in the market. Lightweight and easy-to-use, it integrates seamlessly with the Proximie platform to provide a superior perspective on surgery, and is another exciting addition to our suite of telepresence, content management, and data insights solutions. It shows the positive impact wireless devices can have in creating borderless, seamless ORs.”
“The PxLens is another step on Proximie’s journey to help surgeons deliver effective and efficient care. It provides an insightful first-person perspective and helps make the recording and sharing of procedures ubiquitous. This improves patient care, training, skills development, and overall surgical efficiency.”
Ms Stella Vig, Consultant General and vascular surgeon, Croydon University Hospitals NHS trust, National Clinical Director for Elective care for NHS England, said: “The PxLens enhances the way we use Proximie here at Croydon. The fact that it’s lightweight and intuitive makes it easy and convenient for anyone to deploy in surgery, even for the first time. Healthcare overall is trying to figure out how to do more with less, and technology like this gives us new ways of training staff and delivering care.”