DOCSF – Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco

DOCSF – Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco

Bridging the worlds of digital health and clinical orthopaedics to catalyze the adoption of technology in musculoskeletal care

DOCSF23: Creativity and Market Making with AI

In this exciting episode, Mohan Nair discusses creativity and market-making with AI.Nair shares his insights on the challenges of launching new ideas in large institutions and the importance of being an innovator in a rapidly changing world. He emphasizes the impact of AI on society and the need for a human perspective. Drawing from his experience in innovation, Nair reveals how to navigate the ever-changing landscape by thinking outside the box and embracing change. He also dives into the advancements in AI, particularly highlighting the game-changing GPT-3 with its 175 billion parameters, and encourages the audience to view the conference as an opportunity for transformative shifts.Join us and explore how AI tools are shaping the future!
May 25, 2023

DOCSF23: Unveiling the Digital Orthopedics Revolution – An Introduction to the Conference

Welcome back to the Digital Orthopedics Podcast, where we bring you insightful discussions from the UCSF Digital Orthopedics Conference that took place in San Francisco from May 3rd to May 5th, 2023!This conference is dedicated to exploring the digital transformation of outpatient surgery, with a strong focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge technologies such as generative AI, virtual reality, and digital twins. In our podcast, we will be sharing 38 episodes, each lasting around 15 minutes, except for the keynotes and select panels which may be longer. Our goal is to provide a platform for those who couldn't attend the conference and offer a valuable recap for those who did.Don't miss out on the exciting discussions ahead! Tune in and don't hesitate to share your thoughts with us!
May 23, 2023

DOCSF Venture 2023: Impact of User Experience on Surgical-enabling Technologies

In this episode, Doug Fairbanks, CEO of Advanced Scanners, discusses the impact of user experience on surgical-enabling technologies with the help of new features in robotics. Advanced Scanners is a deep-tech scanning company in Austin, Texas, and Doug has 20+ years of working at the intersection of technology, orthopedics, and commercialization.Doug starts by pointing out how a graphic user interface helped computing titans like Apple and Microsoft satisfy their users with understandable, easy-to-use features. He calls out the OR user experience in scanning procedures that require extra incisions to get information into a system. This convoluted process can be exhausting for patients and even result in prolonged procedures. What if systems were able to see patients the same way a physician does? Advanced Scanners believes the issue doesn’t rely on the available technology itself, but on the equipped features they count on. A great feature like a computer vision system could increase the accuracy throughout a procedure and makes a big difference in usability for surgeons and patients.Listen to this episode and learn why surgical-enabling technologies can evolve by using user experience feedback and improve it in return!
May 17, 2023

DOCSF Venture 2023: Predicting the Next 2 Years of Venture Investments

In this episode, Zack Scott, General Partner from Norwest Venture Partners, Ruchita Sinha, General Partner from AV8 Ventures, and Gregory Grunberg, Managing Director from Longitude Capital, share their vision for the future of venture capital investments and how they feel about the trends they’re seeing. In the current economic climate, 2021’s venture boost fell to a more cautious, yet optimistic, investor perspective, focusing on companies that are scaling and that ensure a quicker ROI. These three venture capitalists discuss what technologies they find interesting and why companies like theirs are currently attracted to them.Nowadays, healthcare venture capital is looking toward medtech solutions that apply AI tools and data management. Greg, Zack, and Ruchita all agree on the importance of these technologies being applied in the improvement of workflows across different platforms and sites of care. They also touch on matters of interest like patient navigation, utilization management, and tech-enabled devices as solutions that investors can find appealing.These three guests discuss some of the risks the health tech space faces in terms of regulatory obstacles an invention has to overcome to prove its long-term impact. They acknowledge the traditional surgical space is also a field for innovation and give their takes on the types of technology they would like to see inside ORs that enhance interoperability. Finally, Greg, Zack, and Ruchita provide advice for health tech innovators and entrepreneurs to have a clear understanding of the problem they are trying to solve, how they will do so, and what will it cost in order to seem like a viable opportunity for investors in the field.Listen to this episode and hear from three different VC voices what’s to come in the following years in health tech investments!
May 17, 2023

DOCSF Venture 2023: Early Interpretation of Implantable TKA Data

In this episode, Dr. Bill Hunter, Founder, President, and CEO of Canary Medical, presents the early interpretation and exciting potential of data taken from implantable prostheses. In this case, the data comes from Zimmer Biomet’s IQ Knee. This product uses a variety of sensors to record a wide array of activity metrics from inside the knee to provide data that might be useful for doctors: step count, cadence, stride length, distance traveled, and gait speed.The prosthesis counts with a battery that works similarly to a pacemaker’s and a programmed transmitter that provides information several times a day, but not in real-time. It also counts on a recorder that allows physicians to see what is happening inside the knee and identifies movement abnormalities by registering characteristic patterns that can be interpreted by physicians or physiotherapists.What is the point of this? These types of technologies seek to match physiology to other health problems, especially in post-op TKA patients. Ideally, with a set of parameters and standards, this would be able to determine whether a patient has a normal range of motion or not. The ultimate goal of this technology would be not only to understand gait movements but how abnormalities could be used to trace other issues on the clinical side.Listen to this episode and learn about the future of implantable data!
May 17, 2023

DOCSF Venture 2023: Unpacking the Trends- A Forward-Looking Conversation with Cannacord Genuity

In this episode, Kyle Rose, Managing Director of Medical Technology, and Richard Close, Managing Director of Digital & Tech-Enabled Health Equity Research represent the Canaccord Genuity investment bank and give their perspective on the 2022’s MSK investment data pulled from Silicon Valley Bank’s annual report for Healthcare Investments and Exits. Richard Close is Cannacord’s Managing Director of Digital and Tech-Enabled Health Equity Research and offers his point of view from what he’s seen from digital companies. Kyle Rose is the Managing Director of Medical Technologies and focuses more on the medical devices side of the investments shown.Regarding investments, mergers, and acquisitions, digital health companies consolidated deals similar to what they did in 2020. This time, they focused on reducing care costs for employers and payers while striving for better patient outcomes. This cost-avoidance investment strategy is becoming strong, but it doesn’t rule out value-based agreements yet. When it comes to devices, however, there was a trend that leaned towards procedural-specific technologies, which help providers excel in their technique and produce better results. It was worth it for Kyle to note that this can be reflected in the data that shows more investment in enabling technologies for procedures, pre-surgical planning, and implants.Richard and Kyle comment on the role AI played in investments in 2022. Based on their experiences, AI-enabled technologies find themselves on the rise when they simplify user experience and satisfaction, key factors around reimbursement. They find value in these propositions when it enhances surgical techniques and procedures, resource allocation and optimization, and workflow dynamics. They don’t believe there is yet true regulatory risk when it comes to investing in these technologies, from an orthopedic perspective at least. However, they do believe there are future uses, similar to the diabetes field, where AI could be used to solve orthopedics and staffing issues.Tune in to this episode and listen to Kyle Rose and Richard Close give their investment-bank-permeated take on 2022’s MSK investments!
May 17, 2023
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The Digital Orthopedics Conference San Francisco was created to bridge the worlds of digital health and clinical orthopaedics and thereby catalyze the adoption of technology in musculoskeletal care. It is led by Dr. Stefano Bini from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Prof. Stefano Bini

Prof. Stefano Bini

Dr. Bini is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery specializing in hip and knee replacement and the Founder and Chair of the Digital Orthopaedics Conference, San Francisco (DOCSF). He consults for start ups and multinational organizations and has authored a book on change management. Dr. Bini's appointment is with the department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), ranked in the top 6 departments in the US. Current research interests include quantifying the impact of digital health on orthopedic care delivery, change management strategies in health care, and improving the results of total joint surgery by helping to challenge long held assumptions in surgical techniques. Stefano also serves on committees for national orthopedic organizations (AAHKS, AAOS), is an Associate Editor for Arthroplasty Today, and has delivered over 100 lectures nationally and internationally on both clinical and digital orthopedics.

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