Freehand, a UK-based medical technology company, today announced a partnership with Imperial Medical Solutions (IMS), a doctor-led health consultancy, to support the rollout of its surgical robots by hospitals in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Caribbean.
Freehand, whose robots support safer and more efficient keyhole procedures by providing surgeons with rock-solid images and eliminating the need for assistants to hold cameras in the theater, will partner with IMS to roll out its technology in collaboration with local vendors in several international healthcare markets.
IMS uses its extensive clinical experience and international network to drive the digitalization of healthcare in developing markets. It is already working with Freehand and a renowned university in the Caribbean to introduce freehand surgical robots into hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Professor Tan Arulampalam, MD FRCS, CEO of Imperial Medical Solutions, said, “As a practicing surgeon and CEO of IMS, I am very excited to be working with Freehand. The robotic camera holder has been rated by my team and we have published in the specialist literature how easy it is to train surgeons to use this technology and how helpful it is to both the surgeon and the healthcare provider in terms of rock solid image and liberation of the staff for other tasks. The hands-free experience enables robotic surgery to enter any operating room and begin the all-important journey into the surgical digital ecosystem that we all want to travel to. There are benefits to the surgeon in terms of cognitive wellbeing as well as great value to health systems. “
Jeremy Russell, CEO of Freehand, added, “Freehand and IMS firmly believe that healthcare systems around the world can adopt new technologies that improve patient outcomes. This partnership with a team of incredibly well-connected clinical experts will help accelerate our international expansion plans and ensure that the benefits of Freehand are felt worldwide. “
Freehand robots have been used in more than 15,000 laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures in hospitals such as the Royal London Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and the Royal Papworth Hospital. Studies show that hands-free surgeries can be up to 20 percent faster than traditional keyhole procedures, result in less serious postoperative complications, reduce hospital stays by 25 percent, and require fewer postoperative hospital visits.