The future of Diagnostics in Health Care

A new approach on how the future will be in medical imaging

“We’re now looking at health through the same lens as when people bought books from Amazon, because that was the only thing Amazon was selling, but we completely failed to understand the dramatic impact of online retail, which was championed by Amazon. Telehealth is going to be for everything, so that’s the corner that we’re turning right now.”

Today, we need to democratize and decentralize the diagnostics ecosystem in health care. Pre-hospital diagnostics should be done anytime, anywhere, instantly, and should be accessible by everyone to prevent overcrowding hospitals and save time.

DISTRIBUTED diagnosis and home healthcare (D2H2) is an emerging paradigm to overcome limitations in the current healthcare system, which is characterized by the hospital or clinic-based face-to-face contacts between the patient and care providers.

D2H2 system has the potential to speed up the transition from the current central, provider-centric, and hospital-based healthcare delivery to distributed, patient-centered and home-based.

The home ultrasound machine can be a valuable tool in D2H2 and contribute to early detection of disease and more effective monitoring of treatment, thus improving a patients’ outcome since it could provide continuous and frequent

imaging and measurements. It would reduce the time lag between changes in the patient and subsequent interventions of treatment. Also, home-based monitoring with ultrasound has the potential to be economical and convenient to patients. We

believe that the home ultrasound machine would play an important role in delivering improved healthcare in many ways.

Prehospital care may also be conducted in difficult environments, in all kinds of weather conditions, 24 h a day, and a long way from medical support.

The use of PoCUS ( Point of Care Ultrasound ) by non-radiologists is being adopted in prehospital emergency care. It may help healthcare professionals of emergency medical services (EMS) to diagnose or rule out potential life-threatening or otherwise harmful conditions outside the hospital. Prehospital point-of-care ultrasonography (PHUS) may have an impact on decision-making in prioritizing initial treatment and choosing the most appropriate hospital and mode of transportation.

PONS is a portable ultrasound device that helps doctors monitor and diagnoses patients from home, anytime, anywhere, and instantly. This will make patients healthier because they do not need to travel from place to place or wait for doctor's appointments, which could be weeks or even months away.

The problem with today is tomorrow - Socrates

Right now we need to create affordable, decentralized medical imaging and monitoring network for better and faster diagnosis of critical injuries and health conditions.

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