Smith+Nephew recently opened the Smith+Nephew Academy Singapore, a medical education and digital innovation center covering the Asia-Pacific region.
The new academy offers an interactive training environment for healthcare professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region to experience the latest products and technologies developed by Smith+Nephew, and refine their techniques under the guidance of expert peers.
“We are proud to open S+N Academy Singapore which will provide the right environment and tools for thought leaders to challenge the status quo, refining new technologies and surgical techniques to improve outcomes for patients," said Smith+Nephew CEO Deepak Nath. "We look forward to welcoming healthcare professionals to experience this unique medical innovation experience.”
S+N Academy Singapore includes a digital operating suite equipped with handheld robotics, 4K arthroscopy towers, surgical navigation tools, live transmission capabilities and touch-screen interfaces. The digital experience is supported by a virtual reality simulation studio, tech-enabled teaching auditorium, and a professional broadcast studio where experts can record and live-stream surgical techniques to educate fellow healthcare professionals across the globe.
“Smith+Nephew has a strong and successful business in Asia-Pacific and ambitious growth plans to provide our medical technology to more surgeons and nurses," said Myra Eskes, president of APAC and global service at Smith+Nephew. "It is impossible to overstate the importance of education and hands-on experience as we take customers on this journey, and the new academy will be vital in improving access to the latest innovation to drive better clinical outcomes.”
S+N Academy Singapore also has surgical stations for hands-on procedural training across Smith+Nephew’s portfolio of orthopedic reconstruction; trauma; robotics; sports medicine; ear, nose and throat; and advanced wound management. The company estimates that up to 3,500 healthcare providers will attend in-person courses at S+N Academy Singapore every year by 2025, with another 5,000 being trained through digital technology.
The company said the new academy will partner on initiatives within the wider healthcare community, including collaboration with startups, early-stage investors, and industry partners to support the development of new innovations, and medical institutions to use the latest training infrastructure.
Opening courses include peer-to-peer flagship programs designed specifically for the Asia-Pacific region under the brands Inspire for sports medicine, and Aspire for orthopaedic reconstruction and robotics. These courses will feature 50 global faculty and provide peer-to-peer education to 200 healthcare professionals from Asia-Pacific.