Medical Devices and Healthcare IT

Video: Point-of-care Ultrasound Supports Remote Collaboration and Virtual Training

28 March 2018

Royal Philips of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Quebec, Canada-based Imaging Technologies have partnered to develop an industry-first integrated tele-ultrasound system. The solution is based on Philips’ Source: Royal PhilipsSource: Royal PhilipsLumify portable ultrasound system and powered by IIT’s Reacts collaborative platform. This innovation connects clinicians around the globe in real-time by turning a compatible smart device into an integrated tele-ultrasound solution, combining two-way audio-visual calls with live ultrasound streaming, bringing point-of-care ultrasound to users both inside and outside hospital walls.

Clinicians can begin their Reacts session with a face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system. Users can switch to the front-facing camera on their smart device to show the position of the probe and can then share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning while discussing and interacting at the same time. In addition to providing virtual guidance for clinicians, Philips Lumify with Reacts offers a valuable tool for teaching institutions, medical students and residents, emergency medical service providers, disaster relief providers and hospitals with satellite clinics.

Lumify with Reacts can help advance patient care by bringing experts into an ultrasound exam anywhere in the world:

  • A professor can go on virtual ultrasound rounds with students, helping them learn anatomy and probe positioning quickly and efficiently, unrestricted by location.
  • A doctor can consult a colleague and receive expertise and guidance using live streaming ultrasound.
  • A midwife in a remote location can call upon an obstetrician in a different location to receive perspective and guidance, discussing the ultrasound exam as if they were in the same room.
  • An emergency medical technician in an ambulance can stream the live ultrasound exam and discuss a patient’s condition with an emergency department physician, expediting care delivery upon arrival.
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