Immertec plans to expand its VR systems for surgical training and observation to more hospitals around the U.S. The Tampa-based company's Medoptic technology allows doctors to observe surgeries remotely by wearing VR headsets.
- Doctors can stream into surgeries via 3D teleconferencing, ask questions, and zoom in closer to certain surgical sites.
- The idea is to offer surgical training and collaboration from anywhere. As of December, it was the only real-time 3D surgical training VR platform for surgeons to scrub in virtually.
- Immertec plans to expand to 100 live-streaming carts, from the current 18, in U.S. hospitals by the end of this year.
- The U.S. is expected to have a shortage of 17,100 to 28,700 surgeons by the year 2033, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.