Did you know there are 18.2 million veterans who live in the United States (US)? The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) healthcare program has the privilege of serving over nine million veterans every year! Without a doubt, our vets deserve the best there is to offer in healthcare. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is having a significant impact on this effort. Military men and women are receiving the highest quality of care when medical providers use POCUS in their diagnostic practices. …In fact, the inception of POCUS began with protecting our military. Since Desert Storm in 1991, emergency ultrasound (EUS) became a mandatory component for the training of all military emergency physicians. In 1997, SonoSite™ corporation formed in response to the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA), tasking of the development of a pocket-sized ultrasound device to benefit combat operations.
10/30/19 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 2
How will the future of medicine look? Will we use biosensors, smartwatches, robots, and decision support systems such as “Watson?” And will the stethoscope still play a role in such a “high tech” environment? The biochip technology is already here. The scenario presented in the previous article might seem like pure science fiction. But, much of what is portrayed is already being developed. Medical robots such as “da Vinci” are already in use. The first robots to take over tasks of doctors and nurses are being tested. And we are using artificial intelligence to assist doctors in diagnoses and decision making.
10/30/19 The Death of the Stethoscope Act 1
Michael sat upright in his bed his hand clenched to his chest. The stabbing pain was definitely getting worse. A look at his smartwatch clearly showed that indeed Michael had a medical problem. Galvanic skin response, skin temperature, lactate, and sweat electrolyte composition were all way above normal. His heart was beating and Fred was out of breath. Do I need to see a doctor? Before Fred had a clear answer, the alarm on his watch went off. A red light was blinking and a sign went on reading “Seek medical attention NOW.”
Knowledge is an essential tool for human life that never stops evolving. Human curiosity drives us and keeps us motivated to learn. The medical field is known to be one of rigorous education, training, and testing. Those in medicine spend four years in an undergrad program, four years in medical school, and anywhere from three to seven years in residency training before becoming eligible for medical licensing. However, even with the years dedicated to gaining the smarts and wisdom to practice well, medical professionals aren’t immune to this evolving tool, called knowledge.
10/14/19 Calling All POCUS Users!
All jobs that sprung forth from the growth and movement of technology shaping and molding the way we live, work, and play in our current society. Technology has called us to review our current landscape and drive innovation forward. It is one of those calls that we all must answer. In answering, there is a question that must be addressed. When new occupations form to meet the needs of our dynamically changing world, how do we determine the set of skills, foundational knowledge, and expertise required to perform them effectively? In other words, how do we know who qualifies for the job?
Every year in October, the medical field comes together to celebrate Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM). This month-long campaign is a special time to pay homage to the advancement of sonography and its impact on medical science. MUAM also recognizes the trained sonographers that provide this pivotal service to patient communities everywhere. Furthermore, it creates a platform for ultrasound technicians to celebrate their field of work.
To be aware is to have consciousness, recognition, or a realization of a fact or reality. An awareness allows us to encounter knowledge that was once unknown or almost kept as a secret from us. This month, we want to remove the blinders, shed light on, and enlighten our community about aortic diseases. Join us in recognizing Aortic Disease Awareness Month and highlighting September 19, Aortic Disease Awareness Day.
We are introducing our POCUS Generalist Certification, which we believe addresses the needs of a broader audience. We sat down with Victor V. Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS (APCA), Manager, Global Clinical Content & POCUS Education at the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy. He walked us through what this new certification is all about.
The unknown evokes fear. Any advancement, no matter the field it occurs in, is greeted with doubt and skepticism as individuals ascertain whether it can be trusted. Progress in the medical field, especially as it relates to the presence of artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception to the rule.
As physicians, our original intent for diving into such a challenging vocation can get lost in a sea of administration, insurance compliance, fragmented care and—let’s not mention at times—the dreaded electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Point-of-care ultrasound can help change that by enhancing the professional satisfaction of the physicians. ” Our professional satisfaction is everything about the job outside the wages that keeps us engaged as doctors. Point-of-care ultrasound enhances that professional satisfaction.”
In case you missed it, the POCUS Certification Academy held its inaugural POCUS Fest on May 11 at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. 300 medical students and residents attended the immersive ultrasound experience, which included an introduction to the world of POCUS, lectures, and demonstrations by certification academy clinicians. It was a resounding success – so much so in fact, that we are excited to announce our second event.
Technology shapes our lives: it has impacted our past, it influences our present and it is defining our future. From autonomous cars to delivery drones, technology has already woven itself into every aspect of our lives, and its sway will continue to increase due to advancements in research. At the Point-of-care (POCUS) Certification Academy™, our mission revolves around understanding and staying abreast of enhancements in technology directly linked to the medical field.
There’s a lot of exciting conversation swirling around about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Most agree that AI is transforming POCUS by allowing access to the world hitherto unforeseen. Hear what Ben Delaney, Chief Analyst of Greenlight Insights has to say about how AI is impacting POCUS.
5/31/19 POCUS Fest: Celebrating Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Medical Students
Over 300 point-of-care ultrasound enthusiasts participated in person or via live stream. A highlight for most, was when students and residents participated in hands-on sessions that included POCUS scanning challenges in cardiac, abdominal, MSK and lung practice cases. They also had the unique opportunity to watch POCUS in action and engage in games, which increased their familiarity with a handheld ultrasound device. Many coined this as an unforgettable encounter with POCUS.
“AI is here to stay, for sure. I embrace it and am excited about it. Our job is to make sure that folks don’t get the wrong impression about AI. It is going to be our friend,” Dr. Victor Rao of the POCUS Certification Academy is optimistic about the merger of AI with POCUS. As a clinician on staff and the Global Clinical Content Manager, Dr. Rao addresses the impacts that artificial intelligence (AI) has made and will continue to make on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).
What an exciting time for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and artificial intelligence (AI)! AI is computer-based technology that mimics the complexity, wonder, and power of the human brain in the likes of robots and machines that replicate human voice and understanding. These devices automate repetitive tasks and create efficiencies. Some household devices you’re probably very aware of such as Siri, Alexa, and Face & Finger Recognition, incorporate automation and capture efficiencies in our day-to-day lives. Yet, these types of AI-infused solutions are just the beginning.
Some of the world’s greatest discoveries have happened, well, by accident. Benjamin Franklin was flying a kite when he discovered the power of electricity. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin only after first throwing it away. Focus on Pocus podcast guest Dr. Cliff Gronseth tripped over his dog and sprained his ankle. After realizing how difficult it was to take an ultrasound of his injury, he wondered if there was an easier way to harness the power of ultrasound to scan and diagnose injuries.
We are proud to introduce you to the certificate for musculoskeletal (MSK) and skin and soft tissue conditions.
The future of ultrasound is dynamic, inclusive, disruptive and it is here today.
The Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy’s mission is to improve healthcare globally while bettering outcomes for individual patients. We firmly believe that through a community of healthcare and medical professionals working, sharing, and striving together to bring POCUS to the forefront of patient care, we not only can achieve self-fulfillment but can change the face of healthcare around the world.
What is the promise of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)? “The first is that a clinician can have a much better idea of the diagnosis of the patient in front of him by adding to their standard 19th-century physical examination an ultrasound evaluation.”
Dr. Victor Rao is a radiologist by training and a pioneer of POCUS learning content for medical students, physicians assistants and residents, and continuing medical education content for physicians at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Here is why he thinks that practice makes perfect with POCUS.
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy has found a calling in its Mission POCUS.
Why one cardiac surgery department sees Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) as the future of healthcare.
How Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) increased diagnostic certainty and gave peace of mind to a pregnant mother, all without having to leave the ED.
Help us define the future! We need your your insights to help us scientifically develop a list of the top 25 point-of-care ultrasound protocols and procedures used worldwide. We would so appreciate it if you would participate in our POCUS25 Survey today!