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GE Healthcare Trains Rural Doctors in Northwest

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The educational event is a collaboration with Medanta, in the NCR

Morrisville, NC: The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and GE Healthcare (GE) are in rural northwest India to utilize advances in cardiovascular ultrasound technology to enhance medical education for healthcare providers caring for the underserved populations in India.

The educational event is a collaboration with Medanta – The Medicity, one of India’s largest multi-specialty medical institutes located in Gurgaon, in the National Capital Region.

Twenty Indian physicians are receiving training on-site, while half of the physicians are also benefitting from additional training by ASE sonographers providing real-time instruction remotely from the US.

After a successful medical camp in January 2012, healthcare providers on this year’s project have included two new corporate sponsors CoreSound Imaging and StatVideo, to expand the reach from the rural setting with long-distance, web-based technology to the remote sonographers.

“This educational activity sets a benchmark in delivering innovative internet-based tele-consultation and tele-education program to physicians,” said Dr. Partho P. Sengupta, MD, FASE, a New York-based cardiologist,a member of the Board of ASE, and the India liaison for ASE.

“The physicians registered for a novel training module: ASE-VISION (Value of Interactive Scanning for Improving Outcome of New Learners). This program ushers newer training possibilities in integration of tele-echocardiography with activities that range from real-time online assessments, long distance consultations, information sharing and education of physicians in remote areas of the world.”

Clinicians will leverage GE Healthcare ultrasound technology to facilitate the acquisition of the images and provide an educational and awareness vehicle for India-based physicians. The systems will be used on loan from GE Healthcare, which also provided an educational grant for the project to help support travel for sonographers.

“Through the use of portable GE ultrasound technology and the collaboration with local healthcare providers, ASE and its physician members are helping improve the overall quality of care for thousands of people in this rural part of India,” said Al Lojewski, General Manager, Cardiovascular Ultrasound, GE Healthcare.

StatVideo’s five EchoBox devices enable real-time ultrasound video images to be streamed over the web from Medanta Hospital in India to the United States.

Core Sound Imaging is delivering Studycast, a cloud-PACS that allows physicians to view and report on ultrasound images that have been performed.

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