Design & Development of a Mixed Reality System for Cardiac Ablation Procedures
Dr. Jennifer Silva
Washington University in St. Louis
April 29, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering; Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Washington University SOM
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Hardware advances for the extended realities (including virtual, augmented and mixed reality) has resulted in an explosion of medical applications. Given the increasing levels of risk and regulation, many of these applications target educational use cases and pre-procedural planning use cases. Here we will explore the design and development of a mixed reality solution for intra-procedural use during cardiac ablation procedures. Early clinical data demonstrates that this technology is quite user-friendly, and importantly can improve patient accuracy and workflow efficiency.
Jennifer Silva is Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and serves as the Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship for Washington University SOM. She serves on committees within the Heart Rhythm Society (Chair, Women in Electrophysiology; Vice-Chair, Growth and Leadership Opportunity for Women in Electrophysiology; Production Team, HRX; Member, Membership Committee) and Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (Member, Finance Committee), and serves on the NIH-SBIR study section for Cardiovascular Innovation. Jennifer also serves on the Editorial Board of Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm O2, and Cardiovascular Digital Health journals.
The scope of her research has been on developing and identifying clinical applications of new and emerging technologies within cardiac electrophysiology, particularly in the scope of wearable and advanced wearable technologies, including the extended realities.
Additionally, Jennifer is the co-inventor and co-founder of SentiAR, Inc, a venture-backed software device spinout from Washington University which is developing the first mixed reality platform to display intraprocedural 3-dimensional holographic visualization of a patient’s cardiac anatomy with real time catheter locations with submission to the FDA in 2019. In 2018, the company received a NIH-SBIR award for $2.2M and just closed a $5.1M Series A Round. She has worked with several medical device companies including AliveCor, St Jude Medical/Abbott, and Medtronic regarding development and implementation of novel technologies targeted to unmet clinical needs and development of regulatory pathways.