Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are facing a unique challenge as they plan for the future – how can they build or rebuild operating rooms to support modern equipment and technological needs? Stryker’s solution - augmented reality.
The investment in a new or retrofitted surgical suite can cost upwards of a million dollars,1 and getting it right is crucial. When hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers learn that Stryker has more than 30 years of experience in OR planning and how we now use augmented reality to help them envision their space, they’re often eager to learn more.
Augmented reality allows Stryker’s Communications team to work with customers to help them envision their ideal operating rooms. “ByDesign, Stryker’s exclusive 3D design tool allows us to design a customized OR and even add, move and configure products in a digital environment, providing customers a detailed view of the OR before breaking ground,” says Caitlin Clark, Vice President and General Manager of Stryker’s Communications business. “It’s all based on their specific architectural drawings, clinical feedback and workflow needs.”
Hospitals and ASCs investing in operating room design are looking for solutions to simplify their projects, and Stryker’s OR of the Future is tailor made to do just that.
Envisioning the OR of the Future
Stryker’s OR of the Future bridges the gap between imagination and implementation. Harnessing the latest technology, we give customers a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall experience that showcases integrated operating rooms. “By helping customers visualize changes before construction, we’re helping to make the OR design experience easier and potentially more cost-efficient from the very beginning,” says Clark.
Our first OR of the Future was a model operating room inside our facility in Texas. The facility was designed to show how the right OR design can support productivity and operational efficiency.
Modern ORs require careful planning and should consider: