The Asklepios Clinic Altona, a top provider for Hamburg and the surrounding area, handles more than 95,000 patients annually on an outpatient and inpatient basis. It is the headquarters of the biggest private clinic operator in Europe, the Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA, which has around 160 healthcare facilities. Since the end of December 2019, the Asklepios Clinic Altona is one of the first Holoclincs worldwide.
Asklepios is implementing Holomedicine in three specialty areas: in Urology under Prof. Dr. Wülfing, in Neurosurgery under Dr. Kehler and in Traumatology under Prof. Dr. Grossterlinden. VSI Holomedicine can be utilized for digital patient education, preoperation preparation and postoperation follow-up, patient rounds and many other additional areas. This digital solution improves patient care by accelerating clinic processes and lessening the demands of doctors and staff.
The processes in clinics are standard throughout most of Europe. In the case of an operation, the patient will have a preoperation information session, the operation, and postoperation visits. From the recognition of the pathology (disease) and planning of the intraoperation interventions to the implementation and evaluation of the method, two-dimensional black and white imaging such as X-ray, CT, or MRI are used. Years of experience are required to interpret and evaluate such imaging accordingly. For the untrained patient eye, it can be difficult to indentify something and make sense of it. This is exactly where holomedicine comes in.
Prof. Dr. Grossterlinden, Chief Physician for the Center of Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Surgery at the Asklepios Clinic Altona, learned of VSI Holomedicine from a friend. He found that the advantages that mixed reality glasses offer, through the ability to see the gray tomographic images in 3D as virtual objects in reality, are enormous.
Prof. Dr. Grossterlinden can see the medical imaging, pathology, and patient all at the same time. External screens are unnecessary. From medical data entry and reporting to surgery planning, all PC functions can be carried out in VSI within the mix reality world. A major highlight is the blending of the 3D image with the patient for precise planning, comparisons and corrections.
Through Prof. Dr. Grossterlinden, Prof. Dr. Kehler (Chief Physician of Neurosurgery, Head and Neurocenter, and Spine Center) and Prof. Dr. Wülfing (Chief Physician of the Department of Urology) came into contact with VSI Holomedicine and were immediately convinced.
CEO of apoQlar, inventor of VSI and pioneer of holomedicine Sirko Pelzl, says “VSI Holomedicine is a step towards the future. The medical revolution is unstoppable. The clinics that are now getting involved are leading and defining this revoltion.”
With 3 innovative chief physicians introducing holomedicine in three specialites, the Asklepios Clinic Altona is a trailblazer in the technological revolution of medicine.