The project, called “ASE Global: Focus on India,” elevated the practice of telemedicine to the next level of excellence, taking it out of the lab and to the doorsteps of an underserved population halfway around the world.
The cross-cultural educational project showcased the possibilities offered by breakthroughs in hand-held echocardiography technology and cloud-based transmission, while offering participants a unique opportunity to learn from one another and be part of a humanitarian effort.
Cardiac Ultrasound Reporting from India
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released their Spring/Summer newsletter recently and it featured the story about Studycast being used to help a record-setting medical mission project in India!
In late January, ASE sponsored the travel of cardiovascular sonographers to a remote field in India, where an estimated 12 million people gathered for a meditation camp. These sonographers and their Indian physician counterparts used hand-held echocardiography units provided by GE Healthcare in combination with Core Sound Imaging’s web-based ultrasound transmission solution, Studycast®, provided free screening echocardiograms to over 1,000 people in 2 days!
An outstanding 12 million people attended a meditation celebration in Sirsa, India where over 5,000 people of all ages were pre-screened for the possibility of structural cardiac diseases. The ASE team saw over 1,000 patients in just two days.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the trip also set a Guinness Book World Record 555 Doppler studies performed in 24 hours!
More Impressive Cardiac Ultrasound Reporting Data from India
As you may have read by now, GE Healthcare in combination with Core Sound Imaging’s web-based ultrasound reporting solution, Studycast®, provided free screening echocardiograms to over 1,000 people in rural India in just 2 days!
How did the team of cardiologists manage to screen and diagnose so many people in such a short amount of time?
The short answer: Studycast’s web-based platform allows for the safe and secure storing and sharing of ultrasound images online, accessible anywhere with internet access.
Studycast’s Mobile Medical Imaging Solutions Help Cardiac Program in Rwanda
With 16-20 million total people affected by rheumatic heart disease globally, sub-Saharan Africa has almost half of the estimated 2.4 million school-aged children newly affected by the disease. It is thought that the prevalence of rheumatic disease might equal or surpass that of HIV in Rwanda, yet it does not currently reach the agenda of health initiatives.
At the invitation of the Rwanda Heart Foundation, Team Heart began collaborating with Rwanda stakeholders to improve care available to individuals suffering from the effects of this silent disease through two initiatives: by building a program to address the burden of cardiac surgery for those critically ill from progressing disease; and by supporting initiatives to prevent and provide early intervention.
A key initiative of Team Heart’s mission is to place mobile echo machines with trained personnel in critical areas across Rwanda so individuals may be properly diagnosed. Creating a program to support and formalize a training program for sonographers is a big part of this plan.
Team heart conducted 2700 echos using GE and Sonosite ultrasound machines on children aged 9-15 and transmitted the results using Studycast, a cloud PACS offering powerful cardiac imaging reporting tools. Using Studycast, cardiologists in the United States and around the world have access to the images and will complete their echo interpretations. The data collected and analyzed will help Rwanda identify human and financial resources needed to address the leading cause of heart disease and implement preventative measures.
Ultrasound Transmission Data Collected
The following timeline shows just how fast data can be transferred. This represents the data when a study was completed in Sirsa, India until the study was read by a physician using Studycast, in cities all over the globe.