DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story

starstarstarstarstar (1)
Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

 

Population Health Homepage

CDC report finds Alzheimer's death rate rose by 55 percent from 1999 to 2014 Over five million Americans are living with the disease

Combining noninvasive ventilation and home oxygen improves outcomes for COPD patients Study finds better QoL and fewer hospital admissions

Siemens to acquire Medicalis Corporation Will expand population health management portfolio

GE Healthcare and Hartford HealthCare enter seven-year collaboration Could generate $14 million in savings

A look inside Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO discusses goals and vision for the organization

Does Texas have a 'freestanding emergency department' problem? Confusion over walk-in emergency clinics saddles patients with big bills

IBM Watson Health and IDx partner to improve global eye health Screening tool will be available in more regions

Electronic specialty triage consults reduce wait times, promote population health eConsult is expediting access to specialists

Canadian brain surgery patient facing 2.5-year wait for needed MR scan British Columbia has a severe shortage of MR machines

What hospitals waste: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away

Project Morocco

Ultrasound: making waves where it has never gone before

by Gus Iversen , Editor in Chief
From the July 2015 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News magazine

A few years ago, performing advanced medical imaging in a remote Moroccan village with no hospitals and no running water would have been virtually inconceivable. Over the last several years, however, a trend toward increasingly portable ultrasound systems has begun to change that.

As ultrasound extends its reach into rural parts of the planet, it is also seeing increased usage within the confines of the most modern hospitals. “The handheld ultrasound will become one of the most important tools that doctors will be carrying in their pocket,” says Dr. Jagat Narula, professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He believes it’s only a matter of time before the modality sends the stethoscope into permanent retirement.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

qualiTEE - reliabiliTEE - repairabiliTEE - we guaranTEE

Bayer HealthCare Multi Vendor Service will repair your transducer with the same precision and care you provide to your patients. Now offering TotalREPAIR on 140 transducer models! Call us at 1-844-5100 or visit www.mvs.bayer.com to set up an order today.



The unprecedented portability of handheld ultrasound, combined with the safety of the imaging (which uses no ionizing radiation or toxic contrast agents), the diagnostic value of the pictures, and the relative low cost of the exam, all help explain why reimbursement has been kinder to ultrasound in recent years than it’s been to MR and CT.

Meanwhile, premium ultrasound systems have evolved in their own right. What they lack in portability they make up for with revolutionary diagnostic value and groundbreaking therapeutic utility beyond the capabilities of their handheld counterparts. All of this adds up to an industry worth over $6 billion globally and rising.

Starting from scratch in remote African villages
Approximately 800 women die every day from preventable complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth — and 99 percent of those deaths occur in developing countries. That’s why Asa Nordgren co-founded Trice Imaging Inc., a company that designed a DICOM-compliant medical image-routing platform to bring potentially life-saving diagnostics to the populations that most sorely lacked them.

When the project was first being developed in 2009, Nordgren says the concept of “connected health” was little more than “a bunch of PowerPoint presentations.” She and her team wanted to prove that modern technology could actually make ultrasound available in areas without physicians.

“We ultimately chose Morocco together with Qualcomm (which funded the project) because it’s a beautiful and fascinating country, but it’s also underserved when it comes to health care,” she says, adding that a rudimentary grasp of the French language goes a long way in communicating with the locals. Her team built everything from scratch. “I basically had a physician’s phone number and that was it,” says Nordgren. Over the course of four weeks they drove a mobile ultrasound caravan to three different rural villages; Oulmes, Boulmane, and Ribat el Kheir, and worked in local “health houses” to assist midwives, nurses, and doctors, in conducting ultrasounds using SonoSite MTurbo systems.
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ... >>

Population Health Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2017 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED