This guest blog was written by Katie Glerum, Global Health Program Manager at Mt Sinai Health Systems. At the recent Microsoft Ignite, Katie shared the inspiring story of how Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) is using Microsoft technology to bridge the 7,000+ mile gap between MSHS in New York and their partners at the Kyabirwa Surgical Centre (KSC), an ambulatory surgical facility in rural, eastern Uganda. Her session with Payge Winfield received overwhelming interest and tons of questions from attendees eager to learn more about how Mt Sinai Hospital uses mixed reality to bridge the gap in providing critical care to patients in remote villages in Uganda, hence she is thrilled to follow up on those questions in this post. You can also watch her Microsoft Ignite session recording here.
Thanks everyone for showing up to our session at Microsoft Ignite and asking excellent questions about how we at Mt Sinai Health System (MSHS) are using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 in our facilities across New York and at the Kyabirwa Surgical Centre. For those who have not had a chance to read the full written story about our use case, please be sure to check out this link here: Microsoft Customer Story-From 7,000 miles apart, Mount Sinai and Ugandan surgeons work together in r...
I wanted to share some of the photos that I had previously shown during the session, just for context:
Some additional background for those who may have not seen the presentation (recording here): Uganda is included among the poorest 35% of the world’s population, which undergoes only 3.5% of all surgical procedures performed annually. This is due to a variety of factors including the fact that for every 500,000 Ugandans there are only three surgeons and one operating room.
To help address this gap in care, MSHS built a self-sustainable facility in rural Uganda in partnership with the local community. We then leveraged Microsoft technologies to create clinical partnerships between the Ugandan surgeons and surgeons at MSHS, so that all may learn from each other. The comprehensive suite of Microsoft technologies powering these clinical partnerships include:
Now to the unanswered questions that I couldn't get to during the session because we ran out of time (and all of you had SO many awesome questions!) - These all tended to fall within the bulleted categories below. Several questions from folks overlapped, so I picked the most common question themes and hope that I have addressed all of the questions you might have:
Training and Implementation:
This has not been an issue, and, honestly, I get car sick quite often, so am a good test for this! :)
If you have any additional questions, or would like to learn more about this project, or how to support our efforts, feel free to follow or message me on Twitter: katie glerum (@katieglerum) / Twitter
It is such an honor to be able to share this story. Thank you to Microsoft for the amazing platform, and thank you to my colleagues at Kyabirwa Surgical Centre for allowing me the privilege of assisting in, and sharing their story.
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