A surgeon can now operate on a patient without standing in the operation room.
Co-founded by Lebanese surgeon Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haran in the UK, Proximie is a surgery assisting software which allows surgeons to direct an operation from anywhere in the world using nothing more than an iPad. During surgery, two smartphones or tablets are connected to the internet. Through a live camera feed, the lead surgeon can see the procedure taking place in real-time and draw the incision that needs to be made on their device. The surgical staff can correctly perform the operation using the drawing displayed on the screen as a guide. Medical students are able to watch live surgeries with Proximie and even ask questions.
Proximie provides a more interactive way to send overseas surgeons patient information and crucial images such as X-rays throughout the surgery. The software has enabled surgeons to provide their expertise in remote areas where access to medical care is limited. Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, the head of plastic surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, has used Proximie to treat blast injuries and congenital hand anomalies in Gaza from his base in Beirut.