Building the Doctor-Patient Relationship With Practical Visualization Tools

The doctor-patient relationship relies on strong communication, just like every other relationship in healthcare. Between providers, communication failure, not a lack of provider skill, has been identified as the root cause of approximately 80 percent of serious adverse events in healthcare settings. The implications of failures in doctor-patient communications should be taken just as seriously. Medical… Continue reading Building the Doctor-Patient Relationship With Practical Visualization Tools

A New Hero in Reducing Healthcare Costs: Handheld Ultrasound

Value-based care might be a big focus in the industry, but reducing healthcare costs is still a major priority for leaders who are dealing with tight margins and fee-for-service contracts as well. Solutions such as handheld ultrasound have demonstrated cost-saving benefits for both patients and providers. A Win for Both Hospitals and Patients Hospitals are under… Continue reading A New Hero in Reducing Healthcare Costs: Handheld Ultrasound

Handheld Ultrasound for Gallstones Improves Physician Effectiveness

Patients visiting their physician with right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain may have vague symptoms that are difficult to diagnose. A condition that physicians commonly check for is gallstones, but it is difficult to reliably diagnose with a physical exam and review of medical history alone. Bedside ultrasound is an option for providers who are interested… Continue reading Handheld Ultrasound for Gallstones Improves Physician Effectiveness

Embrace Handheld Ultrasound Training to Expand Patient Engagement

Handheld ultrasound may present the opportunity to help physicians further engage their patients, which is why some are evaluating adding it to their practices. After all, having another diagnostic tool is appealing to providers looking to improve patient care. However, bringing in this new technology requires training to get the most out of it. Many technologies… Continue reading Embrace Handheld Ultrasound Training to Expand Patient Engagement

Handheld Ultrasound Provides Quick Information During Global Health Emergency

One clinician provides his experience with using ultrasound to manage treatment of COVID-19 patients in the United States  It’s 6:30 in the morning in Dallas, Texas. While the rest of the state is starting their day, Dr. Bilal Jalil, a Pulmonologist & Critical Care physician, is preparing to check in on one of his patients… Continue reading Handheld Ultrasound Provides Quick Information During Global Health Emergency

Healthcare Heroes: Tools that Make Them Superheroes

By Peter Bonadonna At a time when healthcare professionals are being heralded as heroes, there’s never been a better moment to spotlight their work and reflect on healthcare innovations that are helping make a big impact to their efforts. One of these tools, (a tool I am a huge advocate of), is the handheld ultrasound.… Continue reading Healthcare Heroes: Tools that Make Them Superheroes

In good hands: this handheld tool is helping healthcare providers monitor COVID-19 patients with cardiac conditions

Director of Cardiac Imaging, Bill Shirkey, shares his experience with using handheld ultrasound. The world is facing a global pandemic with unknown implications, and there’s a new risk factor impacting the heart: COVID-19. Patients with underlying heart disease or diabetes are at higher risk of severe illness for COVID-19. Because of this, ultrasound of the… Continue reading In good hands: this handheld tool is helping healthcare providers monitor COVID-19 patients with cardiac conditions

Determining the Cause of Dyspnea with the Help of Handheld Ultrasound

            Dyspnea, the sudden and severe shortness of breath, is a frequent presentation in the emergency department and, notably, is one of the most common reasons for hospital visits. There is a broad range of dyspnea causes — including cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic or shock — making it difficult for ED physicians… Continue reading Determining the Cause of Dyspnea with the Help of Handheld Ultrasound

How a Handheld Ultrasound Exam Could Help in Three Scenarios

The handheld ultrasound exam offers incredible potential for today’s primary care physicians (PCPs) — it can, and should, be used as a key diagnostic tool. According to a study in The World Book of Family Medicine, “Ultrasonography should be a diagnosis tool beside the stethoscope in the general practitioner office … the two instruments should… Continue reading How a Handheld Ultrasound Exam Could Help in Three Scenarios

The Use of Handheld Ultrasound to Speed Diagnosis and Treatment in Emergency Medicine

Due to its portability and ability to provide quality diagnostic images, handheld ultrasound in emergency medicine shows impressive potential — most notably, in helping physicians reach a diagnosis in a short period of time. Because it enables physicians to gather information during the first stage of the physical exam, handheld ultrasound is a powerful tool… Continue reading The Use of Handheld Ultrasound to Speed Diagnosis and Treatment in Emergency Medicine