Innovative, new technology will enable Hackensack University Medical Center’s nationally-recognized surgical robotics team to enhance their surgical skills


Newswise — January 9, 2020 – Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that it is the first hospital in New Jersey to implement the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, personalized surgical skills insights platform, C-SATS. C-SATS, which stands for Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills, enables Hackensack University Medical Center’s internationally-recognized surgical robotics team to securely track performance and continuously enhance their skills, with the goal of improved patient outcomes.

“Hackensack University Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our robotics surgery program is world-renowned, and we look forward to incorporating this new technology to continue advancing our program.” 

Hackensack University Medical Center has the largest robotic surgery programs in the New York metropolitan area and is highly regarded for advancing robotic surgical techniques and procedures both nationally and internationally. Hackensack University Medical Center’s surgical robotics team will utilize this innovative, new technology to elevate their skills.

“Hackensack Meridian Health utilizes cutting-edge technology and advanced data analytics to continue improving our quality, clinical efficiency and patient outcomes,” said Carol Barsky, M.D., MBA, executive vice president and chief quality officer, Hackensack Meridian Health and an advocate for quality standards and outcomes. “C-SATS is not only a powerful continuing education solution for our world-class surgeons, but it helps us achieve our goals as a system.”

Utilizing the C-SATS platform, approved procedures performed at Hackensack University Medical Center are captured by an intraoperative video recording and then securely transmitted for anonymous and confidential evaluation by expert surgeons and trained reviewers who provide objective feedback on technical skills and technique. Using a unique combination of human insights supplemented by AI and machine learning, both qualitative and quantitative feedback is communicated to each physician through personalized dashboards.

“At Hackensack University Medical Center, we understand how important it is for surgeons to constantly enhance their skills to remain at the top of their field,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology and director of Robotic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. The robotic surgery team worked closely with the C-SATS team on implementation of the new program. “C-SATS helps us offer new learning opportunities for our team members and helps us continue promoting a culture of excellence.”

The C-SATS program, which started as a six-month pilot in August 2018, has now moved into full implementation across all specialties at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Huzefa Neemuchwala, Ph.D., VP & GM C-SATS Digital Surgery Solutions, shared, “Hackensack University Medical Center’s engagement with C-SATS demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to its surgeons and quality of care. It further supports our mission of delivering better patient outcomes and demonstrates an appreciation of what we provide and how C-SATS can help facilitate surgical skills improvement.”

Surgeons performing minimally invasive procedures and leveraging C-SATS can uncover valuable insights, view performance trends and share their expertise with the broader surgeon community. The platform also provides health systems with aggregated trends and performance data across the surgical team.



About Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in  colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit


About C-SATS

C-SATS, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, is reinventing surgical skills insights and continuous performance improvement on a global scale. C-SATS provides a personalized surgical skills assessment platform using a unique combination of data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and human insights. Surgeons are empowered to evaluate and improve their performance using confidential, objective, near-real-time feedback and guidance provided through personalized dashboards. In addition to having their surgical cases safely and securely stored in a video library, physicians also have the opportunity to view a collection of expert case studies or seek telementoring sessions to secure recommendations on how best to improve their technical skills to help provide outstanding patient outcomes. C-SATS has been deployed in nearly 100 institutions across the country to date. To learn more or to request a demo, visit




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