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The startup company intends to revolutionize operating room workflow with its tech-enabled suite of tools.
The Center for Health Affairs, and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare, is working with Cleveland-based medical device startup company Lazurite to transform operating rooms (ORs) across Northeast Ohio and the United States through the implementation of smart surgical tools.
Lazurite is planning for the approval and launch of its first product, ArthroFree, a modular, wireless, minimally invasive camera system platform designed for use in the OR. While it has not yet received regulatory clearance, ArthroFree is expected to be the first FDA-approved technology of its kind.
The device is designed to be compatible with existing OR systems, increase efficiency in hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities, reduce sterilization efforts by eliminating cords and cables, and reduce the risk of OR risks and accidents. The products’ streamlined design allows surgeons to focus on their patients and procedures, rather than their tools.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare as we plan for the approval and launch of our first product, ArthroFree, which was developed in response to inefficiencies that we and our surgeon stakeholders identified in the OR. The endorsement from such respected organizations means a lot in the healthcare market,” Lazurite CEO Eugene Malinskiy said in a statement.
Other products in the company’s pipeline includes ORFree, a prototype portable and wireless surgical tower in a briefcase, and the Meridiem Light Engine, a solid-state, low-heat, high-efficiency light system. Both products are designed to be used in tandem with ArthroFree to optimize OR workflow safety and efficiency.
“Lazurite is dedicated to creating better outcomes for all participants in the healthcare system—patients, surgeons, staff, and others—through transformational innovation. We uncover practice inefficiencies and partner with doctors to develop innovative, human-centered tools to address these unmet needs.” said Mark Froimson, MD, chair of the board of managers of Lazurite.
Brian Lane, president and CEO for The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, said, “This collaboration is yet another example of the game-changing health innovation underway in Northeast Ohio. For more than 100 years we have proven our commitment to impacting healthcare through the development of products and services in Northeast Ohio and launching them nationally. True to our mission, The Center’s guiding principles are to influence innovation and ultimately be a catalyst for healthcare transformation. The team at Lazurite is ready to revolutionize the operating room and we are excited to be part of that journey.”