Rational Surgical Solutions to Exhibit at AAOE Anual Conference
Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) will exhibit at Booth #804 at the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) Annual Conference (April 22-25, Indianapolis). RSS will showcase two videos for its Rati-Fi® Patient Engagement & Informed Consent App, total hip replacement and Total Knee Replacement. The Rati-Fi® platform helps orthopaedic practices see more patients, streamline and automate procedures, and meet MIPS criteria. The AAOE Annual Conference brings together more than 500 orthopaedic practice executives and their staff from around the country for four days of education, networking, and professional development. Read More.
Rational Surgical Solutions to Exhibit at 20th Annual Dementia Education Conference
Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) will exhibit at the 20th Annual Dementia Education Conference (April 6th at the Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, CT). At the conference, RSS will feature the Rati-Fi® Patient Education System, an innovative iPad-based application that can help Alzheimer patients retain their independence longer and improve patient safety. Read more.
Rational Surgical Solutions to Exhibit at ACFAS 2017
Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) will exhibit at Booth #1111 at the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference (Feb. 27 – March 2, Las Vegas). At AFCAS 2017, RSS will introduce two new videos for its the Rati-Fi® Patient Engagement & Informed Consent App, one showcasing bunionectomy and the other on Achilles tendon repair. Read more.
Facing Unprecedented Increase in Procedures, Orthopaedic Surgeons Rely on New Tools
Read the latest article by Dr. Jonathan Fialkov in the January issue of the American Association Orthopaedic Executives newsletter. "Facing unprecedented increase in procedures, orthopaecic surgeons rely on new tools" discusses how platforms like the Rati-Fi® Patient Engagement and Informed Consent Platform can help practices improve efficiencies, increase patient flow through, and boost patient satisfaction ratings. Read more.
Video center helps patients, physicians understand treatment options
Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) has introduced the Rati-Fi-PreOp Urology Video Center to educate patients about treatments for common urologic conditions. Using video, the Rati-Fi system provides patients with medical animations explaining their treatment options. After viewing the videos, patients are tested with a brief quiz, and a video-based informed consent process records the consultation with the doctor. RSS currently offers physicians the opportunity to download a free sample video on laser vaporization of the prostate. Read more.
Rational Surgical Solutions Awarded $100,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for Rati-Fi® Informed Consent App
Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) a medical software company headquartered in West Des Moines, IA has received a $100,000 loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Demonstration Fund for product refinement, and market planning and market entry activities. Read the release here.
Rational Surgical Solutions Featured in Des Moines Business Record
"Doctor's startup creates app to help patients understand what they'll face in surgery," by Senior Staff Writer Perry Beeman, addresses the issues faced in medical practices that motivated Dr. Fialkov to create the Rati-Fi® Informed Consent System. Read the article here.
Fialkov to Share Rational Surgical Solutions Story
“When I see a problem I start thinking of solutions. In fact, I get a little OCD about it,” explains Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, President & Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions LLC (RSS), and October guest at Square One DSM’s Startup Stories. “During my 14 years as a practicing urologist, I saw ways to improve the quality of care and I pursued them. That’s really the story of my startup.” The episodes of OCD that led to Fialkov’s entrepreneurial adventure were at the end of a long and somewhat circuitous journey, both professionally and physically. Born in South Africa, Fialkov came to the United States at seven when his father, also a physician and an academic, began exposing a young Fialkov to some of the more prestigious American University venues, instilling in him an interest in both medicine and academic research. “I’ve always had an interest in academics and research and served as a principal investigator on several dozen clinical trials at the Iowa Clinic,” he recalls of the position he took after his residency at the University of Iowa specializing in Urology. At his urology practice at the Iowa Clinic, Fialkov saw that patient-doctor communication was a recurring problem.  This became the focus of his problem-solving obsession. “It’s very difficult for patients to make informed choices about the pros and cons of treatment options,” he said. “And physicians lack resources for educating patients.” Fialkov explains that multiple studies show that patients remember only 20-30% of what they are told minutes after informed consent is administered. This can result in confusion, poor patient satisfaction and, in some cases, open the door to malpractice suits. His desire to improve the informed consent process led Fialkov to work on what is now the Rati-Fi® Informed Consent System. The Rati-Fi app uses high-quality medical animations to educate and engage patients, evaluate patients’ comprehension using a brief quiz, and then record the doctor-patient consult and the informed consent process. A copy of the video and a PDF of the signed file is stored securely in the cloud. Working at the Iowa Clinic by day and working on his idea at night, Fialkov outsourced the coding to QCI and partnered with Boston-based PreOp.com to provide the educational video content. When the idea engendered great interest in both the medical and insurance industries, and when the 120-hour work weeks became too much, Fialkov left his position at the Iowa Clinic to focus on his newly incorporated RSS and its inaugural software product. Along the way, he enlisted an all-star team of local advisors including JD Geneser, Sheldon Ohringer, Tej Dhawan and of course Mike Colwell who will serve as his questioner at Startup Stories. During that questioning, Fialkov hopes to share several insights. “People need to know that the resources and support necessary for a successful startup are present in abundance in Des Moines,” said Fialkov. “Especially for a medical start up, the proximity to great hospitals and university medical programs is essential.” Fiscal foresight is another topic he hopes to touch upon. “You absolutely have to make sure you have enough funds,” he advised. “You can have a great idea, but you need to have enough money to execute it.” Fialkov has recently completed a $1.4 million fund-raising round with angel investors, building on his own initial investment. “I’d also like to shatter the misconception that startups are just for kids right out of college,” he said.  He believes that gravitas may be an underrated asset to the emerging entrepreneur. “I would not have been ready 14 years ago just coming out of my residency.  It took some real world experience to understand the issues I’m now trying to solve.” For these and other insight, join Dr. Fialkov at the October Startup Stories.
Rational Surgical Solutions Introduces the Rati-Fi®-PreOp® Urology Video Center at the NE AUA Conference
September 22, 2016 – Des Moines, IA – At the New England AUA Conference (Sept. 29- Oct. 1 in Portland, ME), Rational Surgical Solutions® (RSS) is introducing the Rati-Fi®-PreOp® Urology Video Center, which features high-quality, engaging medical videos that educate patients about treatments for common urological procedures. To show the quality of the content, RSS is offering doctors the chance to educate their patients about the Laser Vaporization of the Prostate procedure by downloading the video for free. The Urology Center provides the educational content for the Rati-Fi® Informed Consent System introduced by RSS earlier this year. Laser Vaporization of the Prostate is the most commonly performed procedure for relief of bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The video reviews information about the prostate and the patient’s condition. It then shows patients how doctors can use the minimally invasive laser procedure to unblock the urethra. The video is an effective and efficient way to educate patients about the procedure and insure that they understand their choices. “Video is the ideal platform for educating patients of all cultural backgrounds and education levels about medical issues, treatments, and surgery as well as post-operative care,” said Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, CEO & Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions. “For patients to make truly informed choices about their treatment, they must understand their options. PreOp videos combine detailed medical animations and clear explanations of complex procedures.” He added that the Urology Center already has more than 12 videos. Several are available in both English and Spanish. The Rati-Fi® System: Making Consent Better Informed RSS developed the Rati-Fi Informed Consent System to better educate patients, streamline procedures and greatly reduce the risk of malpractice claims. The Rati-Fi System is a patented, mHealth-ready platform that improves patient education and comprehension for both pre-treatment and post-care using high-quality medical animations to explain treatment options. Patient comprehension is tested using a brief quiz and a video-based informed consent process records the consultation with the doctor. The video and a PDF of the signed consent form are stored securely in the Cloud. Visit www.rati-fi.com for more information.
Dr. Jonathan Fialkov to speak on the Effective use of Digital Media at the NE AUA - (video)
Des Moines, IA: September 6, 2016: Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, President & Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions® (RSS) will speak at the New England Urological Association Conference (September 29-October 1 in Portland, ME) on "Building the Bridge: Effective use of Digital Media in Patient Education and Informed Consent" on Friday, September 30 at 2:45 PM. Please visit RSS at Booth #9 at the NE AUA to see our products in action. RSS helps physicians, surgeons, and advanced practitioners leverage technology to improve patient care by offering transformative and proprietary process technologies that facilitate a secure, mobile workspace. RSS will display two products, the Rati-Fi® Informed Consent System and mCRPC Master™ mobile app. The Rati-Fi® System: Making Consent Better Informed “To better educate patients, streamline the procedure, and greatly reduce the risk of malpractice claims, RSS developed the Rati-Fi Informed Consent System,” said Dr. Fialkov. The Rati-Fi System is a patent-pending, mHealth-ready system that improves patient education and comprehension for both pre-treatment and post-care using high-quality medical animations from the PreOp® Surgery Video Centers and PostCare™ Discharge Video Series to explain treatment options. Patients are tested for comprehension and then the video-based informed consent process records the conversation with the doctor and stores the video and a PDF of the signed file securely in the cloud. A patient satisfaction survey is also included in the process. The Rati-Fi App is available in English and Spanish; an additional 40 languages can be accessed on demand. Visit www.rati-fi.com for more information. The mCRPC Master™: Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Advanced Prostate Cancer To support healthcare providers in their ability to navigate and utilize current treatment guidelines for specific disease states, RSS developed the Clinical Guidelines Master™ product line. Once healthcare providers enter patient clinical data into the app, the application determines and displays appropriate treatment options and recommendations. The first app in the series, the mCRPC Master™, focuses on the clinical treatment guidelines for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Visit www.rati-fi.com/mcrpcmaster for more information.
Rational Surgical Solutions Exhibiting at the 90th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association
Des Moines, IA: August 25, 2016: Rational Surgical Solutions® (RSS) will showcase its comprehensive Rati-Fi®-PreOp® Urology Video Center at at the 90th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association. The Urology Center features educational and engaging videos that educate patients about treatments for common urological procedures. Many of the videos are available in both English and Spanish. Currently there are 12 videos available with more being developed. Procedures include:
  • Vasectomy
  • Laser Vaporization of the Prostate
  • TURP: Transurethral Resection of the Prostate
  • TURBT: Transurethral Resection of Bladder, Tumor, Female
  • TURBT: Transurethral Resection of Bladder, Tumor, Male
  • Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy (Open Surgery)
  • Robotic-Assisted Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Transrectal Ultrasound and Prostate Biopsy
  • Inflatable Penile Prosthesis
  • Mesh Sling for Stress Urinary Incontinence, Female
  • Ureteral Stent
  • Urinary Catheter Care
The Rati-Fi® System: Making Consent Better Informed Rational Surgical Solutions' Rati-Fi system uses the high-quality medical animations from the Urology Center to power its patent-pending Informed Consent System. Physicians provide patients with a playlist of videos that explains their disease and their treatment options. Patients can watch the videos from home, using a patient portal, or on an iPad in the doctor's office. The system then guides them through a quiz, to test comprehension, and then records the doctor-patient consult. The patient signs the consent form on the iPad and a PDF of the signed file is uploaded by Rati-Fi Connect™ to the EHR.  The video is stored securely in the cloud and is available for viewing along with PreOp® and PostCare™ videos and other education resources. Visit www.rati-fi.com for more information. The mCRPC Master™: Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Advanced Prostate Cancer To support healthcare providers in their ability to navigate and utilize current treatment guidelines for specific disease states, RSS developed the Clinical Guidelines Master™ product line. Once healthcare providers enter patient clinical data into the app, the application determines and displays appropriate treatment options and recommendations. The first app in the series, the mCRPC Master, focuses on the clinical treatment guidelines for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Visit www.rati-fi.com/mcrpcmaster for more information.
Rational Surgical Solutions’ mCRPC Master Now Offered as Free Download to Doctors
Des Moines, IA: May 7, 2016: Rational Surgical Solutions announced today at the AUA2016 that its mCRPC Master™ is now available free to doctors, thanks to sponsorship by drug manufacturers. The mCRPC Master is a mobile app that provides current clinical treatment guidelines to help doctors better treat metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store for iPhones and iPads and from Google Play for Android phones and the $21.99 yearly subscription fee will be waived. Visit Rational Surgical Solutions at Booth #4809. “Over the last 5 years, the number of therapeutic options for men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) has increased exponentially,” said Jonathan Fialkov, FACS, MD, President and Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions. “However, the optimal sequence in which to administer these therapies is a source of confusion for many healthcare providers. The mCPRC Master app makes it easier for doctors to bring the latest treatment guidelines to their patients, right at the point of care.” Healthcare providers enter patient clinical data into the application, which determines and displays the appropriate treatment options, guidelines for maintaining bone health, and recommendations for serum lab testing and imaging studies. Information can be viewed on the device, emailed to the provider or patient for printing, or imported into an electronic health record. No sensitive patient information resides in the application or on the mobile device. As new developments in the care of mCRPC are reported, the application is updated within days of publication, allowing healthcare providers to provide the most current and comprehensive care for their patients as possible. For more information, visit www.rati-fi.com/mcrpcmaster.
Rational Surgical Solutions Announces Partnership with MedSelfEd
Des Moines, IA: March 2, 2016 – Rational Surgical Solutions has announced that it is partnering with Boston-based MedSelfEd, Inc. to use the company’s educational videos to power its Rati-Fi™ Informed Consent application. The Rati-Fi System is an innovative, video-based method of obtaining informed consent. The PreOp® Surgery Centers and The PostCare™ Discharge Series are part of a library of more than 80 videos produced by MedSelfEd in collaboration with doctors from Boston Teaching Hospitals. See the Rati-Fi Informed Consent System at HIMSS16, Kiosk #63 in the Hx360 Innovation Pavilion at HIMSS16 (Feb. 29-March 4, Las Vegas). “For more than 15 years PreOp.com has been developing educational, informed consent content,” said John Samellas, CEO. “The Rati-Fi System is the perfect delivery vehicle for our content because it offers such a revolutionary solution to achieve informed consent.” Samellas explained that PreOp.com worked with Rational Surgical Solutions to customize their video centers for the Rati-Fi app, updating the content to reflect current medical practices. The PreOp videos provide the educational component of the Rati-Fi App. “For patients to make truly informed choices about their treatment, they must understand their options,” said Dr. Jonathan Fialkov, CEO and Founder of Rational Surgical Solutions. “PreOp videos are medically accurate, engaging and of the highest production value. The combination of detailed medical illustration animation, and clear explanations of complex procedures teach at a level appropriate to the audience and educate patients very effectively.” About MedSelfEd MedSelfEd, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts produces and markets patient education materials in rich-media, streaming-content formats and delivers them via an interactive web site, video players and other media platforms. Learn more about the PreOp Surgery Centers and PostCare discharge series at www.preop.com.
Rational Surgical Solutions Exhibits at HIMSS16 in the Hx360 Innovation Pavilion
Des Moines, IA: February 15, 2016: Rational Surgical Solutions (RSS) will exhibit at Kiosk #63 in the Hx360 Innovation Pavilion at HIMSS16 (Feb. 29-March 4, Las Vegas). The company helps physicians,surgeons, and advanced practitioners leverage technology to improve patient care by offering transformative and proprietary process technologies that facilitate a secure, mobile workspace. At HIMSS16, RSS will display two products, the Rati-Fi™ Informed Consent System and mCRPC Master™ mobile app. The Rati-Fi™ System: Making Consent Better Informed “To better educate patients, streamline the procedure, and greatly reduce the risk of malpractice claims, RSS developed the Rati-Fi Informed Consent System,” said Dr. Fialkov. The Rati-Fi System is a patent pending, mHealth-ready system that improves patient education and comprehension for both pretreatment and post-care using high-quality medical animations to explain treatment options, a brief quiz to test for comprehension and a video-based informed consent process that records the conversation with the doctor and stores the video and a PDF of the signed file securely in the cloud. A patient satisfaction survey is also included in the process. Visit www.rati-fi.com for more information. The mCRPC Master™: Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Advanced Prostate Cancer To support healthcare providers in their ability to navigate and utilize current treatment guidelines for specific disease states, RSS developed the Clinical Guidelines Master™ product line. Once healthcare providers enter patient clinical data into the app, the application determines and displays appropriate treatment options and recommendations. The first app in the series, the mCRPC Master, focuses on the clinical treatment guidelines for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Visit www.ratifi. com/mcrpcmaster for more information.