News | January 15, 2015

Tele-Echo Training Employed for Physicians in India

Training with American Society of Echocardiography yields increased confidence in point-of-care echocardiography

StatVideo, EchoBox, GE, Vivid, India, tele-echo, telecardiology, teleradiology

January 15, 2015 — At Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, India, five EchoBox devices were connected to five GE Vivid ultrasound systems, streaming live echo images over the Web to experienced sonographers located in the United States. The sonographers were members of the American Society of Echocardiography, and were able to view the images in real-time as they were being scanned. This novel approach enabled remote imaging training for eight Indian physicians during live patient examinations.

"The bigger problem in India is that many of the physicians performing echocardiography don’t have any means to verify their findings, and as a result, inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatment are common problems. EchoBox is a great solution to overcome this challenge and it will allow the physicians to get instant expert advice from cardiac centers across the globe,” said Manish Bansal, M.D. FASE, consultant cardiologist, Medanta Hospital, India

“The EchoBox system worked just fine. The image quality was acceptable for a live feed from India thousands of miles away, and I was able to accurately correct views and discuss anatomy verbally as I watched the live feed," said Brad Roberts, RDCS FASE, Baylor College of Medicine

Point-of-care (POC) echocardiography may be helpful for mass triage, but such a strategy requires adequately trained sonographers at the remote site. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of using a novel tele-echo training program for improving physicians’ imaging skills during preanesthetic cardiac evaluations performed in a community camp organized for treating cataract blindness.

Seventeen physicians were provided six hours of training in the use of POC echocardiography; nine were taught on site and eight were taught online through a transcontinental tele-echo system. The trained physicians subsequently scanned elderly patients undergoing cataract surgery. The quality of images was graded, and agreement between local physicians’ interpretations and tele-echo interpretations by worldwide experts was compared.

A total of 968 studies were performed, with 660 used for validating physicians’ competence. Major cardiac abnormalities were seen in 136 patients (14.2 percent), with 32 (3.3 percent) deemed prohibitive to surgery in unmonitored settings. Although good quality images were obtained more frequently by physicians trained on-site rather than with tele-echo (P = .03), there were no differences between the two groups in agreement with expert interpretations. The majority of physicians (70.6 percent) expressed satisfaction with the training (average Likert-type scale score, 4.24 of 5), with no difference seen between the two groups. The training resulted in significant improvements in self-perceived competence in all components of POC echocardiography (P < .001 for all).

For more information: www.stat-video.com

Related Content

New Vascular Ultrasound Registry Looks to Enhance Patient Care
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | January 17, 2018
The Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and Medstreaming-M2S announced the...
New International Report Provides Comprehensive Guide to Imaging in Chagas Heart Disease
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | January 03, 2018
Chagas disease (ChD), an infectious parasitic disease transmitted primarily by triatomine insects, has become a...
Bay Labs Completes $5.5 Million Series A Financing for AI-Driven Ultrasound
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | December 21, 2017
December 21, 2017 — Bay Labs, a medical technology company applying...
GE and NVIDIA Unveil Artificial Intelligence Upgrades to CT, Ultrasound and Analytics Solutions
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | December 14, 2017
At the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, GE Healthcare and NVIDIA announced a series of...
Sectra to Provide Orthopedic Post-Operative Follow-Up for Teleradiology Company
News | Orthopedic Imaging | November 09, 2017
International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra recently signed an agreement with the global...
ASNC and ASE Team Up to Expand ImageGuide Registry
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | October 12, 2017
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) jointly announced...
Exa PACS/RIS Increases Productivity for Cleveland Teleradiology and Imaging Center
News | PACS | September 29, 2017
Network Radiology, a leading independent radiology center and teleradiology service provider in Cleveland, is using Exa...
Distributed radiology provides a methodology to accommodate any healthcare system
Feature | Teleradiology | September 08, 2017 | By Dave Whitney
By definition, distributed radiology, or Teleradiology 3.0, is the progressive step in transforming mutual exclusivity...
Oregon Tech Partners with Mindray for High-Tech Ultrasound Education
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 04, 2017
To better prepare its ultrasound students to compete and thrive in the evolving healthcare environment, Oregon...
Carestream Shows Touch Prime Systems at Society for Vascular Ultrasound Conference
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 03, 2017
Carestream will showcase its Carestream Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE Ultrasound Systems at the Society for Vascular...
Overlay Init