Medtronic has announced its acquisition of Digital Surgery, a global leader in surgical artificial intelligence, data and analytics, and digital education and training. According to Medtronic, the acquisition will strengthen the company's robotic assisted surgery platform, although the terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Digital Surgery is based in London – where it will remain following the agreement – and strives to digitalise surgical protocols with the help of cutting-edge computing to support the delivery of consistent surgical care.

According to Megan Rosengarten, vice president and general manager of the Surgical Robotics business (part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic), the deal could have a huge impact on increasing patient access to digital and robotic surgical solutions.

"We are thrilled to bring the Digital Surgery team and their expertise into Medtronic, not only due to the strategic fit from a technology perspective, but due to the shared belief that patients around the world deserve access to quality surgical care," she said.

The surgeon co-founders of Digital Surgery – Dr Andre Chow and Dr Jean Nehme – will remain in place in the firm and continue to provide leadership for the company. By combining the technology from Digital Surgery and Medtronic, the firms have co-developed solutions that are expected to feature in Medtronic's future soft tissue robotic surgery systems.

Dr Nehme said: "Joining Medtronic creates an incredible opportunity to realise the promise of reducing unwarranted variability in surgery."

He added: "By joining forces with Medtronic, we will finally apply computing and AI to surgery on a meaningful scale with a goal of helping more patients in more places benefit from consistently high-quality surgical care."

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