Reducing TAVR Complications
Hindsight is always 20/20 when it comes to complications during or after heart valve surgery. Almost all device-related complications are because of an imperfect interaction between the implantable device (e.g. an artificial heart valve or clip) and the patient’s unique anatomy. These imperfect interactions result in abnormal stresses on the heart tissues as well as abnormal blood flow which in turn manifest as mild to fatal adverse outcomes including failure to provide adequate relief to the patient’s symptoms. In hindsight after complications, physicians know how they would have handled the case differently. A recent report from the American College of Cardiology describes such complications as impacting the majority of patients and hospitals.
Currently, there are no tools available for physicians to predict and visualize the interaction between various devices and the patient’s unique anatomy before the procedure. Such tools that provide foresight are necessary to avoid complications such as ruptures, obstructions, leakages, rhythm problems, and clots on the valve. Instead, the tools currently available to pre-plan these complex procedures involve manual mark-up of dimensions and identification of cardiac structures from medical images such as CT scans. Surprisingly, even this critical step is more often performed by sales representatives due to its time-consuming nature and is prone to human error.
The problem described above is hindering the ability of physicians and heart teams to make optimal decisions starting with the decision between trans-catheter vs open heart surgery followed by optimal selection of the device, its optimal positioning and customization. Currently, sub-optimal decisions are made due to the lack of predictive quantitative risk assessment tools. The combination of human error from time-consuming measurements and subjective decisions significantly contribute to the prevalence of less than average performance and billions in costs to the healthcare system.
The statistics are not good and nobody — especially your loved one — should become a statistic. We are here to help.
DASI Simulations provides advanced artificial intelligence-driven computational predictive modeling-based decision support products. Our solution allows physicians to predict and visualize the interaction between various devices and the patient’s unique anatomy while freeing up their time from making time-consuming measurements. DASI Simulation’s fully automated AI-based measurements are highly accurate, repeatable, and reproducible while speeding up the workflow for heart teams to reach optimal decisions quicker.
DASI’s solution starts with a simple click to upload patient’s CT angiograms to our secure cloud server. Based on proprietary technology, our cloud-based AI platform runs simulations spanning comprehensive scenarios for each patient and presents he results to the physician and heart teams as interactive content guiding them to reach the optimal decision. Lastly, DASI’s highly qualified biomedical engineers perform quality checks and are available 24/7 to consult with the heart team for personalized support.
DASI Simulations empowers every heart team with critical insights guaranteeing the identification of the best possible care for individual patients customized to their unique circumstances. One surgery at a time, our technology helps avoid complications, repeated interventions, and saves billions in unnecessary costs from preventable complications.