Based on its recent analysis of the smart orthopedic surgery market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OrthAlign, a global provider of intelligent surgical systems, with the 2019 North American Technology Leadership award. OrthAlign’s technologies are enabling modern healthcare to enhance clinical outcomes while lowering the cost of smart surgery within a value-based care system. OrthAlign’s handheld, sensor-based tech delivers both industry-leading intraoperative surgical guidance and industry-leading economics.
“We are very pleased that Frost & Sullivan has recognized the leadership position that OrthAlign has taken in the smart technologies market for orthopedic surgery,” said Eric B. Timko, president and CEO of OrthAlign, Inc. “OrthAlign’s rapidly growing user base recognizes that the future of technology in the OR is smaller, smarter, and more economically feasible. Our investment in building out a portfolio of applications for Total Knee, Partial Knee, and approach-agnostic Total Hip Replacement is just the beginning as we continue to develop technology pushing surgeon-driven handheld technologies past the capabilities of old, bulky, and expensive systems such as robotics and big box navigation.”
OrthAlign’s smart-tech platform leverages micro-electromechanical sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers to register patient anatomy intraoperatively, and then live-navigate instrumentation. This methodology allows surgeons access to real-time information about the alignment and balance of implants, in the palm of their hands, and without the need for pre-operative imaging or for large, image-guided systems inside the OR.
Because OrthAlign’s smart technology is in a disposable single-use form-factor and not reliant on any capital equipment, a hospital or surgery center can simultaneously deploy the tech in multiple operating rooms, and at any care site within its network. The company calls this distributed navigation, and it reflects a significant operational improvement over robotic and navigation systems whose utilization is largely handcuffed by the need to acquire individual pieces of capital equipment.
“OrthAlign has created a new competitive positioning in the orthopedic implant alignment landscape that at once takes on industry-leading computer-assisted surgery systems and conventional mechanical guides,” said Bhargav Rajan, Leader, Medical Devices & Imaging Team at Frost & Sullivan. “The economic benefits of a single-use device compares favorably against robotic systems without compromising clinical outcomes.”
The company is well positioned to support the continued growth of joint surgery in the ambulatory surgical care market with smart technologies that are easy to deploy and maintain, and which provide confident and predictable results. OrthAlign’s full suite of large-joint replacement applications is available in the US and internationally, garnering global favor for its economics and ease-of-use.