Royal Philips has partnered with Canadian-based Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) to develop an industry-first integrated tele-ultrasound solution that can connect clinicians around the globe in real-time.
The new solution is based on Philips’ Lumify portable ultrasound system and powered by IIT’s Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision) collaborative platform. The Reacts platform includes interactive tools like augmented reality for remote virtual guidance, supervision and training.
The tele-ultrasound works by turning a compatible smart device into an integrated tele-ultrasound solution, combining two-way audio-visual calls with live ultrasound streaming.
“By combining exceptional mobility and reliability, Philips Lumify with Reacts will open up new doors for the way clinicians collaborate, educate and train,” said Point-of-Care Business Leader at Philips, Randy Hamlin.
“This all-in-one tele-ultrasound solution will enhance care delivery by bringing even more confidence to ultrasound clinicians and removing longstanding barriers in education, support and training,” continued Hamlin.
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. They 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 clinicians seeking virtual guidance, Philips Lumify with Reacts can also be used as a tool for teaching institutions, medical students and residents, emergency medical service providers, disaster relief providers and hospitals with satellite clinics. For example, 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.
“Philips was the ideal partner for this revolutionary collaboration. Reacts’ secure, versatile and interactive collaboration platform deployed on technology solutions like Philips Lumify can change education and patient care models and enable a positive disruptive change to healthcare,” said CEO and founder of IIT, Yanick Beaulieu, MD.
“For years, clinicians in the field have been trying to piece together systems that offer real-time, interactive tele-ultrasound capabilities. Now it has truly arrived,” concluded Beaulieu.