It all started when...
KindHeart was founded in 2011 based on technology developed for a complete cardiac surgery simulation system that makes a real pig heart behave just like a human heart during open-heart surgery. Dr. Paul Ramphal built the simulator to provide his students clinical-level instruction at University of the West Indies to compensate for low patient flow. KindHeart co-founder, Dr. Richard Feins, Professor of Surgery at UNC Chapel Hill and then Chairman of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, collaborated with Dr. Ramphal to develop the first simulators for academic institutions. KindHeart’s simulators were made in limited quantities in late 2015 and fully commercialized in 2016.
Today, KindHeart systems deliver unprecedented value by providing a realistic demonstration environment for abdominal, thoracic, and cardiac surgical procedures. As opposed to cadavers, live animals or live humans, our proprietary platform is predictable, flexible, and scalable. It is easy to simulate adverse conditions surgeons might encounter during operations, rectify mistakes and pause during a simulated procedure. The immersive nature of real tissue, natural movement, bleeding and other cues from a surgical environment provides doctors with a much richer experience vs. virtual reality or static simulation.
KindHeart is also developing tele-simulation capabilities to allow device manufacturers to offer surgical sessions, which can be performed remotely and eliminate the need for the surgeon to travel to a remote training center and lose several days of productive work.