The UCSF Fetal Treatment Center Uses Tiatros ConsortiumPosted: March 25, 2013
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is the birthplace of fetal surgery. Still in its infancy, the practice of fetal surgery requires doctors to reach inside the mother’s womb to operate upon a still unborn child. The entire field of fetal intervention is less than three decades old, and a process that is still evolving with each individual surgery. It’s a cutting-edge science that requires the most modern technologies to network the specialists who are developing its surgical procedures.
In addition to coordinating the extensive care teams involved with a fetal surgery, and allowing the Fetal Treatment Center’s front office to streamline its clinic-to-clinic referral system, Tiatros serves its most important function by allowing doctors to share new information and collaborate on their cases. Tiatros Consortium™ enables the UC Fetal Treatment Centers Consortium, a group of 56 fetal surgeons and their colleagues spread across the five UC Medical Centers, to share and study interesting cases and important new information in this cutting edge field.
Tiatros Consortium gives these doctors a common, searchable database for their cases, supporting clinical research and, ultimately, clinical trials. By allowing doctors to share resources across the entire University of California, practitioners learn from each other’s experiences. The key to developing safe, repeatable procedures in this still developing discipline of medicine is the sharing of ideas, information and experiences.
The field of fetal surgery can only evolve as quickly as new techniques, procedures and research can be shared and discussed among the doctors who practice it. Tiatros has harnessed the future of technology so that the future of fetal surgery can develop as quickly as these doctors can learn from each other.