June 2, 2016
Did you know that approximately 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year, resulting in about $1.3 billion in malpractice lawsuits? That's right, apparently the skilled surgeons rooting around in your stomach are not only falling asleep at the wheel, but they are also costing hospitals more money than you've ever seen in your entire life. Is it because they're bad doctors? Or is it because hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with the amount of surgeries in a given year? It's neither.
Like almost everything in society, a lack of education is the root cause of these mistakes. Unlike working on a car, surgeons aren't privileged to testing materials that don't have goals, aspirations and families waiting for them at home. They are forced to work on dummies and cadavers that, frankly, don't compare to the real thing when it comes to testing the many facets of a successful surgery. And the numbers are becoming a bit concerning.
“I continue to find the frequency of these events alarming and disturbing,” says Donald Fry, MD, executive vice president at Michael Pine and Associates. “I think it's a difficult thing for clinicians to talk about, but it is something that must be improved.”
So, where can surgeons get access to the right educational tools to make these mistakes a little less prevalent? Enter GIBLIB. This platform provides surgeons, residents and even medical students with videos of medical lectures and surgical procedures. Professionals and students alike will have access to everything from knee surgeries to brain surgeries so that real life experience doesn't have to have unfortunately consequences.
“The way people consume information is rapidly changing and video is the clear frontrunner,” said Brian Conyer, founder & CEO of GIBLIB. “Our goal is to aggregate the best medical lectures and surgical videos from the top surgical minds and make it available to medical students, residents, and surgeons everywhere – especially those in developing countries and economically poor regions of the world.”
As far as content acquisition goes, this Los Angeles-based startup has partnered with educational institutions and esteemed surgeons to cultivate a collection of high quality videos that show real professional getting the job done. They have also teamed with technology institutions to create better, more immersive experiences through the use of 360 degree cameras and virtual reality platforms.
GIBLIB is trying to do more than just provide education. As startup ecosystems have proven, a communal environment can go a long way in facilitating growth and developing success. By connecting doctors and students to this convenient means of education, GIBLIB is creating a medical ecosystem that will only get better through the support and knowledge-sharing.
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