Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital Launches New AI Technology to Address Maternal Health Complications
November 19, 2018
Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is the first hospital in Central Florida to implement a new artificial intelligence technology to address preventable health complications during childbirth. TritonTM, a product of Gauss Surgical, monitors blood loss in real time using digital imaging and machine learning on an iPad.
Over the last 15 years, preventable maternal deaths and harmful postpartum health complications for mothers have increased quickly in the U.S. due to undetected hemorrhaging, particularly in cesarean deliveries. Doctors have traditionally relied on their own subjective visual estimates to measure blood loss. Using computer vision and machine learning algorithms, Triton estimates blood loss in real time by analyzing images of surgical sponges and canisters taken with an iPad in the delivery or operating room. Accurate, real-time estimation of blood loss leads to early recognition of hemorrhage, reduced blood transfusions and shortened length of stay for patients.
“At Gauss, we are leveraging artificial intelligence through machine learning and computer vision technology to give clinicians, for the first time, an objective view of blood loss,” said Siddarth Satish, CEO of Gauss Surgical. “We are delighted to be partnering with Orlando Health to continue to expand the impact of this technology and are eager to continue our work together to improve not only maternal care but reshape overall operating room capabilities.”
The product was discovered through Orlando Health Ventures, the external arm of the organization’s strategic innovations department. The program focuses on investing in external, early stage companies whose products or services will make an impact for patients at Orlando Health. Triton’s purpose and outcomes proved to be a future benefit for patients at Winnie Palmer Hospital, which is why Orlando Health invested $1 million in Gauss Surgical early in 2018.
“Innovation is happening across healthcare, but it’s not happening within hospitals themselves as much. We’re seeing incredible developments emerging from healthcare start-ups,” said Erick Hawkins, senior vice president of strategic management at Orlando Health. “With our new strategy to invest in these companies, we’re forming partnerships to further develop the technology and give our clinical team access to amazing new tools.”
This new technology is currently being rolled out in the hospital’s labor and delivery unit and operating room. By the end of the year, Triton will be present in every delivery at Winnie Palmer Hospital, which sees an average of 14,000 births per year. Winnie Palmer Hospital is the largest-volume delivery hospital to implement this technology.