6 Ways Technology Empowers Human Connections

From cloud-connected ultrasound systems to wireless maternal fetal monitors, digital tools are bringing clinicians closer to their patients and colleagues.


"Digital tools have the power to improve how clinicians practice and care for their patients."

- Vivek Bhatt, Chief Technology Officer of GE Healthcare Clinical Care Solutions


1. See, Snap, Send: How Digital Communication is Advancing Health Care

As hospitals continue to expand, scans and images are often read by remote clinicians. Sending images between the sonographer, radiologist, and patient can be like playing a game of telephone – the message sometimes gets lost in communication. Now, there’s a tool available – called Photo Assistant – to ensure the communication is precise. “This has been a complete game changer. In a clinical setting, an image is worth well over a thousand words,” says Dr. John Cronan, MD, Radiologist-in-Chief at Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system, and Chair of Radiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University [Read more…]    

2. Honey, I shrunk the monitor – and made it wireless

In January 2018, Brigitta Fifield found out that she and her husband were expecting a baby boy, their third child. While labor is not typically considered a pleasant aspect of delivery, Brigitta was actually excited about this labor experience because she knew of a new technology available to expectant moms called the Novii. The Novii is a small, reliable and accurate fetal heart rate monitor that does not require a transducer or belt. It allows patients to move more freely without being constrained to a specific area. Patients can even bathe or use a birthing ball – all while being closely monitored with a high level of accuracy. [Read more…]    

3. This Doctor is Never in, and That’s a Good Thing

Dr. Ernest Brown is a family practitioner with a rare practice: he only makes house visits. He sees patients in their homes, at their office or even at their hotel if they’re visiting from out of town, equipped with GE Healthcare’s Vscan Extend™, a handheld, pocket-sized ultrasound system. “With house visits, I have the opportunity to build a direct relationship between the patient and doctor, as opposed to a quick ten-minute visit in a doctor’s office,” says Dr. Brown. [Read more…]     [caption id="attachment_12757" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Photo credit: Ben Lecomte[/caption]

4. 5,500 miles. 6 months. 2 continents. 1 driving force.

In 1998, Ben Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard, in support of cancer research as a tribute to his father. Now twenty years later, he has taken on the Pacific Ocean – the first known attempt. This time, he’s bringing awareness to pollution, climate change, and the devastating amount of plastic that is floating in the ocean. The crew is traveling with a laptop size ultrasound system from GE Healthcare called the Vivid q – the same ultrasound that’s used in the space station. Once a month, a sonographer onboard will monitor Ben’s cardiac activity. [Read more…]    

5. Malnutrition: A Silent Threat in the ICU

“Are we creating survivors — or victims – with modern ICU care?” That’s the paradoxical question posed by Paul Wischmeyer, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and surgery, director of nutrition and support at Duke University Hospital and director of perioperative research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He’s a staunch advocate for thinking – and technology – that put nutritional data front and center in the ICU. The CARESCAPE R860 ventilator consistently and accurately monitors the patient’s metabolic needs, which can help to reduce infection rates and shorten the length of stay in the ICU by individualizing nutrition therapy to the patient’s constantly evolving energy needs. [Read more…]    

6. With the Click of a Button: Bringing Clinicians Closer to their Colleagues and Expectant Parents that Much Closer to their Babies

Anyone who has a child will remember both the immense joy and nervous anticipation of those 40 weeks awaiting the arrival of their baby. For expectant parents, one of the most exciting moments is receiving their baby’s first images after the ultrasound exam. These images often are printed out at the doctor’s office or transferred to a removable flash drive or DVD. Now, there’s a simpler way to receive these images: with the click of a button. Tricefy - a cloud-based image management system - enables easy collaboration and commenting among physicians in real time, to provide a diagnosis for patients from anywhere. [Read more…]