Inovus Medical has launched their high-fidelity laparoscopic simulation platform, LapAR™. The technology has been under development for nearly two years and has been accelerated to market readiness thanks to £1.1 million funding from SBRI Healthcare.

The LapAR brings an innovative approach to augmented reality by merging real and digital environments and projecting this directly to screen without the need for wearing headsets. The simulator delivers real feel haptics by combining real laparoscopic instruments with highly realistic soft tissue models. LapAR™ was developed to answer the growing demand for improved access to high fidelity, laparoscopic training. The platform will be launched with two versions, an institutional system and a take home simulator. Both systems will enable full procedure training with tracking of performance metrics.

The LapAR simulators are accompanied by an online application that enables training surgeons to review and analyse their performance data. The application allows trainers to connect with their trainees from anywhere in the world, allocate tasks, review trainee performance and provide written feedback on recorded simulation events via a novel video review feature.

Dr Raffaella Roncone, SBRI Healthcare Lead said: “SBRI Healthcare enabled Inovus Medical to accelerate the development of LapAR, by harnessing the latest technology. The product which democratises access to medical education and training, upskilling the workforce, stands to save the NHS £60+ million per year through improved operative efficiencies alone. We are delighted that through programmes like SBRI Healthcare, NHS England and NHS Improvement can invest in disruptive technologies to transform the NHS and improve patient care.”