EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader in minimally invasive surgery solutions and related technologies, announced that its VITOM® 3D system for visualization in microsurgery and open surgical procedures has received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital experts who interacted with the new VITOM® 3D system at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver on September 14, 2017.
The VITOM® 3D system represents a revolutionary solution for the visualization of microsurgical and open procedures in a range of medical specialties. The compact technology optically magnifies the surgical field, enabling the entire surgical team to directly observe procedures on a 3D monitor. The VITOM® 3D system offers a high level of user friendliness owing largely to improved ergonomics. A modular system design helps support efforts to increase efficiency while reducing procedure cost.
With its U.S. release of the VITOM® 3D system, KARL STORZ now provides three-dimensional visualization capabilities for performing delicate surgical tasks required for precision surgery. Using the new system, surgeons gain the advantages of enhanced depth perception to better distinguish distances between anatomical structures. Several current Vizient, Inc., member hospital organizations were among the first U.S. early adopters of VITOM® 3D technology.
“In procedures that require very precise work, such as neurosurgery, the new capabilities of the VITOM® 3D system provide surgical options that were previously unavailable and can enhance patient outcomes. Additionally, the system can offer a lower acquisition cost through its modular design and use of a single video tower that benefits both endoscopy and microscopy,” says Charles H. Wilhelm, President and COO, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. “With the introduction of the VITOM® 3D system, KARL STORZ is demonstrating the value of a range of new, forward-thinking solutions that are driven by our commitment to the needs of surgeons and hospitals in today’s quickly evolving health care environment.”
“Hospitals and providers are looking for innovations that offer unique and cumulative benefit over other products available on the market today. The feedback on the VITOM® 3D system by attendees at our Innovative Technology Exchange was strongly in favor of assigning this technology an Innovative Technology designation. Congratulations to KARL STORZ on receiving this status,” said Debbie Archer, director of procurement and Vizient Innovative Technology Program lead.
KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., was previously recognized by Vizient, Inc., and also awarded the Innovative Technology designation in 2015 for its IMAGE1 Visualization Enhancement System, and in 2016 for its system for performing Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview® (BLCC).
Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, Vizient may award a contract outside of the competitive bid cycle.
KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., is an affiliate of KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, an international leader for more than 70 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call 800-421-0837 or visit the company’s Web site at www.karlstorz.com.