In a constant effort to reduce overall health care costs while increasing the overall
patient safety, which led us to the purpose of transferring an increasing number of procedures traditionally
performed in stationary hospitalized patients in the operating room of the hospital to an outpatient treatment
performed in office practitioners. Firstly, because the procedures performed in the doctor's office rather than
in the operating room are more effective in terms of overall costs, and secondly because the treatment administered
at the local specialist doctor's office is more comfortable for the patient and less risk generates exposure to
Technologically, this tendency is supported by the increasing performance of minimally
invasive surgical instruments and the availability of disposable surgical equipment, or endoscopic devices used
only once, not requiring infrastructure and logistics for sterilization in the doctor's office.
However, the transfer procedures surgery room to the doctor's office requires that
the same procedure can be performed by the performer alone, or with one or two workers. Thus, the personnel
involved in treatment administered in an outpatient setting will operate on more and different equipment at
the same time compared to personnel involved in a procedure similar to the operation in the operating
Therefore, the equipment used must be "smarter" and provide the easiest interfaces
to manipulate compared to existing equipment. This is particularly true for the endoscopic visualization equipment,
which, in the context of minimally invasive procedures are the main instruments and the most important for the
medical staff. In addition, the equipment should provide information and improve ease of use for the expert,
which is possible through the integration of 3D stereo vision and 3D visualization in endoscopic equipment.
The equipment must also become easier to carry, more integrated and therefore needs the capability to download
software features for optimized embedded firmware and local processing of intelligence, instead of using large
amounts of processing from the PC where It is based, as is found in classical operating towers.
AWAIBA Lda, with development center in Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal has established itself
as the world's leading developer of miniature camera modules for medical endoscopic applications and disposable
medical equipment. The camera modules developed by AWAIBA Lda are sold through Awaiba group of companies in more
than 40 countries around the world for leading manufacturers of medical devices and innovative start-ups.