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MUSC to address rural health concerns with Butterfly Blueprint ultrasound platform

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | May 31, 2022
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MUSC is deploying Butterfly Blueprint ultrasound platform to provide point-of-care access for rural healthcare. (Photo courtesy of Butterfly Network)
The Medical University of South Carolina is equipping clinicians and students with Butterfly Network’s systemwide mobile AI ultrasound technology for faster point-of-care access.

Butterfly Blueprint is the world’s first and only whole-body ultrasound-on-chip technology that can be used with Apple and Android smartphones or tablets. Clinicians can assess different areas of the body with a solution that fits in a pocket and is powered by cloud-connected software and hardware on a mobile app.

Dr. Patrick Cawley, MUSC Health CEO and executive vice president of health affairs said in a statement that the handheld device will be especially useful in rural and underserved areas. "With Butterfly's technology, we're empowering care teams to know more about what's going on with a patient sooner by quickly and easily gaining visibility inside the body so they can make more informed care decisions."

Released in February, Butterfly Blueprint comprises the company’s whole-body handheld ultrasound device, Butterfly iQ+, which was launched in 2020, as well as the software and services. It is scalable, with optional software and services able to be added, such as Caption Health’s AI-guided software for capturing and interpreting cardiac ultrasound images without trained sonographers.

It also has over 20 ready-to-use presets for procedural guidance, and device-agnostic software that integrates with non-Butterfly devices, PACS and EMR systems. Its probes support streamlined information sharing, and its applications include automated bladder volume calculations with 3D visualizations and central line placement and injections.

MUSC will roll out the solution initially for practitioners at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and MUSC Health University Medical Center. It also will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. "Together with MUSC, we're thrilled to explore how Butterfly can enhance patient care, advance medical education and model a new standard of care delivery for the next generation of clinicians and care teams,” said Butterfly Network's president and CEO Dr. Todd Fruchterman.

In addition to MUSC, the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York also has plans to deploy the solution for its medical students, primary care providers and home care nurses.

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