Even if you have not experienced radiological examinations, you must have experienced sonography's long lines during your physical examination. To many patients, ultrasound examinations can be carried out step by step under the guide of "road signs".
However, the truth is that even as an increasingly standard medical diagnostic method, ultrasound diagnosis still relies heavily on the practical experience of the sonographers. Probe selection, patient position, scanning techniques for different views, textbooks will not describe all clinical scenarios.
Individual experience can not make a standard. In contrast to the ultrasound departments of overloaded central hospitals, we found that many primary hospitals could not do ultrasound examinations even with sufficient devices during our visits due to the lack of qualified sonographers.
To bridge the gap between mass clinical needs and medical resources shortage, we are dedicating to enhancing connectivity and interoperability by building up a remote imaging platform, promoting standardized quality control, and making up for qualified personnel.
POC ultrasound has unparalleled advantages in emergency care because of its portability and visibility, helping quick assessment and providing proper treatment in time.
However, the emergency rescue could occur in various places outside the hospital: highways, snowfields, natural disaster sites, which are unlikely for the experienced sonographer to reach out at any time. Therefore, what we have been thinking is: "How to lower the threshold of POC ultrasound diagnosis for inexperienced operators and get accurate results?"
With Mindray's remote imaging platform's support, ultrasound diagnosis can be forwarded to the very first attach to patients, on an ambulance, or at a community health center. Via u-Link, the real-time image acquisition technology, experts can guide the scanning process and view images on a live stream, guaranteeing accuracy. Meanwhile, clinicians at hospitals can make treatment plans in advance as soon as they receive patient data, which shifts emergency care to a higher efficiency standard.
"There are a thousand Hamlets for a thousand readers." So do the ultrasound diagnostic workflows. Not all sonographers can realize every examination at the same high standard; neither can all procedures be offered at all sites all the time.
How to promote standardization and bring out high-quality diagnosis results has been challenging for sonographers and department managers.
In the past, the lack of an efficient remote imaging platform to synchronize the scanning process and images in real-time could obstacle collaborative diagnosis or communication, leading to an inefficient workflow.
However, with our remote imaging system, things changed. Scanning technologists and reading technologists can call on senior colleagues for real-time support. An expert can assist in protocol adjustment and label the manipulation with comments from a distance. In severe cases, iSync, the multi-channel audio and video synchronization technology, allow medical teams to provide live support for the consultation anytime across sites. The COVID-19 pandemic verified the interoperability of this system – it boosted the capability of ultrasound examinations in primary care in a large population country – China in a short time, which eased the burden of central hospitals and enabled effective control of public outbreaks by making full use of medical resources at community health centers.
For clinical practice, it boosts caregivers' confidence with a higher level of standardization, leading to more accurate diagnoses. Moreover, the enhanced availability contributes to reasonable arrangement and distribution of regional medical needs. As to institution management, it relieves cost pressure by enhancing flexibility.
Human resources saved, diagnostic consistency guaranteed, clinical outcomes optimized—a satisfying solution for every stakeholder.
Investing in the future, we provide sustainable development for all medical imaging professionals with an internet-based hub that focus on medical imaging verticals.
Mindray's remote imaging platform can be accessed by smartphones, tablets, or personal computers. It enables seamless documentation, online Q&A with time-sync images, interactive comments, and hashtags on cases posted, group chat, and online courses.
As a result, less-experienced practitioners can be involved in clinical cases earlier with standardized operation routines. Clinical data for academic research becomes more accessible and trackable. Rare and challenging cases will have more possibilities to be solved under the group effort. We are dedicating to feeding the long-term development of medical imaging with a continuous transformation to value-based care.
Aiming to break down cross-departmental information integration barriers, we continuously forward Mindray's remote imaging platform to clinical excellence. A co-diagnosis of ultrasound and IVD, we provide clinicians and patients with an integrated elastography solution for early detection and prevention of liver fibrosis; The fusion diagnosis of SPO2 measurement and ultrasound images brings precise assessment of the newborn CHD. Hand in hand with healthcare professionals, we will find more possibilities for applying the medical IT system.