Johnson & Johnson acquires C-SATS, a University of Washington spinout that grades surgeons


Taylor Soper | April 5, 2018

Johnson & Johnson today announced the acquisition of C-SATS, a Seattle startup that uses technology to facilitate performance reviews for surgeons.

Founded in 2014 and spun out of the University of Washington, C-SATS built a cloud-based performance management system that evaluates surgeons and helps improve their skills.

Johnson & Johnson will integrate C-SATS’ technology into its Johnson & Johnson Institute education and training platform. C-SATS employs more than 20 people; all plan to stay on post-acquisition.

“This scalable platform is powered by data capture, analytics and artificial intelligence, and will enable us to partner with healthcare systems in a differentiated way,” Sandra Humbles, vice president of global education solutions, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, said in a statement. “It will fundamentally change how surgeons learn by giving them the opportunity to anonymously receive input on actual cases to improve their technical skills, which benefits patients, surgeons and health systems.”

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