C-SATS’ Cutting-Edge Solution Used By Departments of Orthopedics and Urology at the University of Washington Medical School

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Venture-Backed Technology Company, Which Helps Healthcare Institutions Improve the Performance of Their Surgeons and Other Professionals Continuously, Accurately and Objectively, Will Help Evaluate Arthroscopic Surgery and Train Medical Residents

C-SATS (http://www.csats.com), a venture-backed healthcare technology company on a mission to empower the nation’s healthcare institutions so they can appraise and improve the performance of their surgeons and other professionals continuously, accurately and objectively, today announced that the University of Washington Medical School’s Departments of Orthopedics and Urology will embrace and deploy its cutting-edge solution.

The University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Orthopedics will first use the C-SATS platform to evaluate videos of arthroscopic surgery. This type of surgery, which involves a patient’s joints, is a large and growing area of medicine because of our aging -- yet active -- population. It’s also an area where surgery can be elective, so patients are financially incentivized to ensure that they have the best surgeon.

The agreement with the University of Washington’s Department of Orthopedics represents the first time that the C-SATS solution will be used in the field of orthopedics.

The University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Urology will deploy C-SATS to ensure that all urology residents are systematically evaluated when it comes to procedures and protocols. After receiving their C-SATS evaluations, residents will be directed to specific improvement opportunities based upon their individual scores.

“We’re very pleased that both departments at the University of Washington Medical School chose C-SATS,” says Derek Streat, CEO of C-SATS, “and they made this choice because they want to ensure the best orthopedic and urology surgeons.”

Indeed, the current state of technical skills assessment in medicine is extremely expensive, time-intensive and subjective, and C-SATS’ scalable solution -- which includes the collection and uploading of surgical videos to a secure cloud service -- utilizes a unique combination of distributed experts and extra-institutional reviewers to assess technical performance with accuracy that’s equivalent to gold standards.

“Our priority is surgical excellence. To measure technical proficiency improves our training and provides better surgeons to our patients,” explains John Green, MD at the University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Orthopedics.

Adds Matthew Sorenson MD at the University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Urology: “The technology solution that C-SATS offers will help us train the next great generation of practitioners in our field, and this, in its own way, will help improve healthcare for legions of patients going forward.”

About C-SATS

Seattle-based C-SATS, Inc. (http://www.csats.com) is a venture-backed healthcare technology company on a mission to empower the nation’s healthcare institutions so they can appraise and improve the performance of their surgeons and other professionals continuously, accurately and objectively. Based on technology developed at the University of Washington by a team of surgeons, biostatisticians and engineers, C-SATS’ performance management system utilizes a unique combination of distributed experts and pre-qualified reviewers to assess surgical skill. After benchmarking a team and identifying the gaps in performance, C-SATS recommends targeted curriculum to help teams improve and track their performance improvement longitudinally. Medical centers across the U.S. and Canada have completed one million assessments via C-SATS for a variety of uses, including continuous quality improvement, residency and training.

About the University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Orthopedics

The University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (http://www.orthop.washington.edu) is actively involved in quality patient care, teaching and research concerning bone and joint problems. Special areas of expertise include: foot and ankle, hand and microvascular, hip and knee, arthritis, sports medicine, oncology, pediatric orthopaedics, shoulder and elbow, spine, and trauma.

The department’s goals are to provide expert specialized surgical care to its patients; train future generations of orthopedic surgeons; build the future of orthopedics surgery through targeted research; and nurture the academic growth of its faculty surgeons.

In addition to providing instruction for medical students, the department provides education at the graduate, residency, and post-residency levels. A fully approved residency program offers opportunities to carry out fundamental and clinical research. Residents may work toward the Master of Science degree by meeting the requirements of the Graduate School and the academic unit offering the degree program.

About the University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Urology and Clinic

The University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Urology
(http://www.washington.edu/urology/) is working to solve the most difficult urological problems and train the next generation of surgeons and scientists. The department has 34 faculty members, five fellows and 18 residents who work with multiple staff to deliver the highest quality patient care.

The Urology Clinic at the University of Washington Medical School (http://www.uwmedicine.org/locations/urology-uwmc) offers complete urology care to patients from throughout the region by nationally recognized doctors.

The clinic includes two multidisciplinary clinics -- the prostate oncology center and the urogynecology clinic -- a variety of specialized urology clinics and a general urology clinic. Specialized urology clinics include the stone clinic, the cancer clinic for patients with kidney, bladder and testis or penis cancer, an infertility clinic and a clinic for sexual problems including erectile dysfunction.

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