Brainlab, a German digital medical technology company, has acquired San Diego-based VisionTree Software Inc., a company that develops electronic patient-reported outcome software.
Headquartered in Munich, privately held Brainlab’s core products center on information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiation therapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. Its technology powers treatments in radiosurgery and radiotherapy as well as numerous surgical fields including neurosurgery, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma.
Brainlab said its software is digitally entrenched in a growing number of critical treatment workflows, generating an array of structured, validated, digital data. This workflow data is correlated with detailed anatomical data, stemming from the anatomical mapping capabilities of Brainlab. The results are clinical registries with a wealth of data.
The company said this effort will be enhanced by VisionTree in three ways:
- The company’s experience in providing tools and standardized forms for collecting granular and well-structured outcomes data directly from consenting patients: More than 600 global healthcare providers and 2.5 million patients already rely on the VisionTree ePRO technology.
- The VisionTree Optimal Care (VTOC) platform has integration capabilities with electronic health record (EHR), research and registry platforms
- VisionTree technology will allow the capture of semantically structured data otherwise only available in text format by using point-of-care electronic forms for things such as patient demographics during patient admission entered on a tablet PC.
By combining VTOC with its unique software ecosystem, Brainlab plans to offer streamlined and paperless workflows that combine patient-reported outcomes with anatomical information, treatment plans and surgical events to its more than 5,000 customers worldwide.
Brainlab said it is committed to establishing a digital benchmark for medical data registries including medical image data to create a new standard for quality of care, quality control and research.
“I believe that patient data must ultimately be controlled by the patient. The acquisition of VisionTree adds a tool to our portfolio that will give the patient more control over the data that is generated by our systems for the benefit of better treatment,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, Brainlab president and CEO, in a statement.