At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt introduces a handheld ultrasound gadget called Vscan. Immelt believes that the new device will be make it easier for clinicians to monitor the human body in a variety of settings, including countries where medical professionals cannot afford larger imaging systems. Immelt also reveals new electronic medical-records software on which the company is working.
GE: 'Stethoscope for the 21st century'
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At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt introduces a handheld ultrasound gadget called Vscan. Immelt believes that the...
Oct 21, 2009
1. Would it be possible to improve ultrasound "stethoscopes" by using a multiple "ultrasonic beam" head and use software to produce a more detailed picture of internal body structures (possible by using different frequencies, strengths, bursts or longer scans, etc.) and piecing together an even more detailed picture of the human body? 2. The computer info is best if it can be used portablyby a doctor in the field, I think - on a portable computer slate w/keyboard? Super Blackberry? Tricorder, anyone? It won't be long.
I could view the video very well. It was informtive and exciting, although I would like to have seen some more documentation on the ultrasound. What is the projected cost of the unit and how suitable really is it for the developing world, when you consider that the levels of IT support are often very primative, especially in the Pacific Islands which are the areas that I am interested in. Fantastic concept though and I am sure that this and other innovations will really start to make a diffence in countiris like Papua new Guinea. In response to the previous commentator, the venture capitalists are only interested in one thing- how they are going to make money out of your idea. Of course they will not go up against the big boys- this is why technology really cannot reach its full potential as an agent of change.
It is sad that America, or should I say the world belongs the giant corporations like GE, IBM and Microsoft. Because of their clout, and ability to sue the little guy into the ground they will always win the game of capitalism. Our tiny company developed and demonstrated a much more advanced remote medical device in 2001 which used a combination of ultrasonic and EM waves to interrogate the body. The response from the venture community was that ?the big guys will bury you!? ?. They did.
Looks great but let us not forget a basic law: the simpler a device seems to be to use, the higher the experience and theoretical knowledge of the user has to be in order to avoid the multitude of physical, technical, biological and interpretative artifacts all devices may generate in their usage and the mistakes that stem from those. Thus it is unlikely that an implement as described will ?make it easier for clinicians to monitor the human body ... , including countries where medical professionals cannot afford larger imaging systems? since clinicians in such countries lack the means to reach a necessary level of experience in the first place. Putting such devices in the hands of medical professional with limited capability in that segment will just create an illusion something is achieved while generating a host of superficial results that, ultimately, might generate a disillusionment with an otherwise splendid implement. A parallel: nobody can become a good laparoscopic surgeon without becoming a quality ?open air? surgeon first. The best use of such aides is in the hands of experts with several years of practice on standard (preferably high-end) machines.
1st Fix it so we see the video 2nd Use working ways to pass info to us (check jeffreyjoy@ post) 3rd Respect our time
I was unable to watch it too. My browse of choice is Safari, but I tried to paste the link on Firefox too without any better results.
the video took forever to load - i finally gave up. why don't you try an old proven technique -- print media. i could have easily read the while article in a fraction of the time I was waiting for it to load, and I could have printed it off and brought it with me to work to read as well very easily. c'mon get with the 20th Centery, huh??!!