Company Selected as One of Five Start-Ups to Compete in Annual UHC Startup Challenge
Los Altos, Calif., September 29, 2015 – Gauss Surgical, Inc. announced today that the company will compete in the annual “UHC Startup Challenge”, which will take place on Friday, October 2 in Orlando as part of the “Advance: UHC Annual Conference 2015”. The company will have the opportunity to present Triton, the world’s first and only mobile platform for real-time monitoring of surgical blood loss, to the nearly 2,000 health care professionals in attendance.
The UHC Startup Challenge provides five digital health care startups the opportunity to present a new, innovative product in front of the conference audience. Audience votes will be tabulated in real-time with the winner being announced at the conclusion of the competition.
“We are honored to have been selected to compete in this year’s UHC Startup Challenge and are excited for the opportunity to present Triton to this year’s annual meeting attendees,” said Milton B. McColl, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gauss Surgical. “We look forward to sharing Triton’s value proposition with such a large group of prospective users who may seek to bring its benefits back to their own operating rooms.”
During the company’s presentation Gauss will highlight how Triton addresses the critical unmet need for a fast and accurate way to estimate blood loss in the operating room. Current methods of estimating blood loss during surgery based on visual estimation are known to be inaccurate, and clinical studies indicate that the use of blood products beyond a level deemed medically necessary can increase complication rates, ICU days, and overall length of hospitalization. Overuse can also substantially increase the cost of care.
By leveraging the power of mobile devices in combination with proprietary software, Triton may help to reduce unnecessary transfusions and the associated costs and complications. It offers the potential to not only improve patient outcomes but also conserve health care resources.
Using the iPad camera, the Triton system scans surgical sponges and blood bearing canisters and sends the images to the cloud where image-processing algorithms estimate the amount of blood contained on that surface and sends it back to the OR in real-time. Triton features an intuitive iPad interface, requires minimal training, and seamlessly integrates into existing surgical workflow. The system is FDA-cleared and fully HIPAA compliant.
UHC, which recently combined with VHA Inc. to form the largest member-owned health care company in the country, is excited to again host the UHC Startup Challenge. Other companies participating in this year’s event include Augmedix, Binary Fountain, Vital Score, Inc., and Wellframe, Inc. Participants were selected in partnership with AVIA Health Innovation, health care’s provider-led accelerator.
For more information regarding the 2015 Startup Challenge and the UHC Annual Conference visit: https://www.uhc.edu/uhc2015.
About Gauss Surgical
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. Gauss is developing a mobile vision platform for the Operating Room. Gauss’ first application, the Triton System, addresses the patient safety issues surrounding blood management via real-time intraoperative monitoring of surgical blood loss. For more information, go to http://www.gausssurgical.com.