Paving the Way for Pocket-Sized Diagnosis

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
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On this episode I talked to John Martin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, at Butterfly Network, Inc.(@ButterflyNetInc). John shares his personal interactions with the world of medicine both as a vascular surgeon but also as a patient.

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We dive into the world of healthcare innovation and technology, focusing on ultrasound imaging and its potential to revolutionize medical practice. Butterfly innovation in ultrasound technology, particularly the development of a handheld device with ultrasound on a chip, has been a game-changer, making ultrasound more affordable and accessible, putting it in the hands of individual clinicians, nurses, and potentially even patients.

We discuss the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in enhancing diagnostic accuracy and consistency in healthcare. AI tools, when integrated with ultrasound, have the potential to reduce costs and improve patient care. And as John points out ultrasound could replace traditional methods like chest X-rays in certain clinical scenarios, ultimately improving diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes.

Listen in to hear the overarching vision to democratize access to medical imaging and bring ultrasound to the forefront of patient care, from medical schools to clinics and even the home. By leveraging technology, training, and AI, the aim is to create a future where healthcare is more equitable and efficient, ultimately benefiting patients worldwide.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.

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About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

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