Thank you to all who submitted their ideas for this year’s challenge! We received many interesting applications, but the winners submitted proposals which stood out as distinctly innovative, patient-focused, and comprehensive. We are happy to announce the winners of the Mobile Ultrasound Grand Challenge.
Sweet Assignment – Serious Business
Dr. Farrell will evaluate the MobiUS™ system to provide medical coverage for the Professional Surfers Tour and the Big Wave Surfers Tour in the 2014 – 2015 season. The contests are held in remote locations with limited medical resources, making a hand-held ultrasound system an ideal tool for rapid evaluation of injuries. He plans to bring portable ultrasound technology to these events and to expand use of ultrasound in remote settings to aid in the initial management of traumatic injuries.
Training the Next Generation
Dr. Kriegsman will use the MobiUS system to instruct residents as well as augment patient care. His institution is a full-scope residency program near Seattle providing training to residents in family medicine. They will look at how access to point-of-care ultrasound will impact usage, patient outcomes and satisfaction, in areas like OB/Gyn, abdomen and sports medicine.
Up In The Air
Dr. Kaufmann will evaluate usage of the MobiUS system by suitably trained EMS nurses and paramedics in air flight to improve diagnostic and procedural accuracy in the pre-hospital setting. If the results are successful these devices may be deployed more broadly in the EMS helicopters.
Getting More Out of Patient Visits
Dr. Avitabile will evaluate the MobiUS system in a screening program for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) in the Emergency Room and Primary Care Clinics in New York. His study will further enhance the early detection of AAA ruptures with associated high mortality rate with an inexpensive, non-invasive, and efficient point-of-care ultrasound system. Residents will be trained and credentialed to run this program.
Cross-functional Improvements to Patient Care
Dr. Kinnear, in a multi-disciplinary collaboration with the Divisions of Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Radiology, will evaluate the MobiUS system in various hospital settings for bladder imaging and skin abscesses. The study focuses on reducing the frequency of dry urinary catheterization attempts, as well as identifying when bladders are full for radiological imaging. Another study he proposes is to evaluate if bedside ultrasonography of suspected simple skin abscesses can reduce the frequency of unnecessary procedures. Overall, they will evaluate how it can improve patient care and workflow.
We’ll be checking in with the winners to get updates on the progression and implementation of their proposals. Stay tuned!
The Mobile Ultrasound Grand Challenge ran from May 22, 2014 to July 11, 2014. Mobisante invited healthcare providers nationwide to submit their best ideas for using mobile ultrasound to improve delivery of care, streamline workflows, or increase access to care in underserved communities. Winning applicants receive a free mobile ultrasound system from Mobisante to implement their project proposals.
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