Philips Lumify handheld ultrasound with Reacts has become ‘instrumental’ for doctors fighting COVID-19

Over the past nine months, Philips Lumify point-of-care ultrasound has become an indispensable tool in the global response to COVID-19, according to doctors on the front lines. The award-winning tablet-based ultrasound solution has been helping clinicians in the Emergency Department (ED) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) make faster, more refined care decisions during the pandemic, while also helping manage the risk of spreading COVID-19 within their departments.

By enabling remote communication, Lumify with Reacts reduces the need for physical interaction. This is essential during the pandemic to help minimize the risk of virus transmission among medical teams, making Lumify a critical diagnostic solution in the management of COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. In a recent study where Lumify was used for point-of-care focused cardiac exams on COVID-19 patients, scan time was reduced by 79%, while decontamination time was reduced by 85%.

“With our COVID patients in the ICU, we have extensively used our Lumify systems for assessment of the heart and lung function as well as for procedural guidance,” said Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, head of clinical science for Philips Ultrasound and a cardiologist-intensivist at Montreal’s Sacré-Coeur Hospital. “With the integrated Reacts tele-ultrasound capabilities, we were able to significantly reduce the use of PPE, continue provide clinical training and supervision to our residents and maintain very efficient, high-quality care to those very sick patients.”

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Philips launches Collaboration Live powered by Reacts at RSNA 2020

Telemedicine and virtual care have become key tools in the advancement of healthcare accessibility, and more recently in the management of COVID-19 patients. Discover how Philips Collaboration Live tele-ultrasound solution is extending care teams to enhance patient and staff satisfaction, increase productivity and improve patient care.

Powered by the Reacts platform, Collaboration Live enables clinicians, sonographers and other ultrasound users to communicate and collaborate with colleagues or with Philips technical and clinical support teams directly through the EPIQ or Affiniti ultrasound systems.*

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IIT–Reacts is now a Philips company to support developments in virtual collaboration globally

Over the past 10 years, global health technology leader Philips has undertaken a major transformation of its business to develop technological solutions in healthcare. Montreal-based Reacts is now a Philips Centre of excellence for digital healthcare collaboration. The Reacts teams’ expertise will strengthen Philips’ technological developments in virtual collaboration globally.

A few key points :

● Reacts and Philips have been collaborating since 2015. Discussions on developing a deeper collaboration intensified in 2018, after the successful integration of REACTS into Philips’ Lumify portable ultrasound system which has become the world’s first secure and integrated teleultrasound solution.

● IIT-Reacts allows Philips to add a unique expertise to its range of technological innovations. As for Reacts, this partnership will provide access to an exceptional commercialization force, allowing it to accelerate and expand its development in the context of the growing needs for remote collaboration in healthcare.

● Reacts' team and head office remain in Montreal with Dr Yanick Beaulieu, founder and creator of Reacts, staying as a strategic lead for the Reacts team and becomes Head of Clinical solutions for Philips Ultrasound. The unique know-how of the Montreal-based Reacts team is a key element for Philips.

● The Reacts platform is already deployed in more than 80 countries and incorporates interactive virtual tools, such as augmented reality, multi stream video conferencing and interactive multimedia content overlay.

● Reacts is used in both clinical and educational settings and allows health professionals to interact remotely, in a dynamic way, for various uses from teleconsultations, secure messaging, remote wound care, teleultrasound, to interactive telesurgical assistance and remote procedural supervision.

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Colombian Telemedicine Centre extends access to healthcare with Reacts

The Colombian Telemedicine Centre (CTMC), an organization dedicated to facilitating the adoption of e-health initiatives to improve healthcare across Latin American and Caribbean countries, has been steadily deploying Canada’s Reacts platform in Colombia under the direction of Dr. Jorge Vélez for a variety of clinical uses.

Reacts is currently being used in the Tele-rehabilitation programs of the IDEAL Foundation, which has projects in several regions of the country, including programs for the care of disabled people in the Colombian Amazon. This application of the platform allows specialized teleconsultation, occupational and physical therapy, and the facilitation of specialized virtual meetings to provide solutions for the care issues of disabled people.

The Colombian Telemedicine Centre and the Pan-American Network of Tele-Ophthalmology (PANTO), an initiative originating in Montreal, Canada, in 2018, have also managed to integrate the Reacts platform in an innovative way in the Clinica Visual y Auditiva’s (Visual and Auditory Clinic’s) Tele-Ophthalmology program in Cali, Colombia.

Reacts allows the transfer of ophthalmological exam images carried out with their own equipment (slit lamp, retinal camera and others), which are integrated into the Reacts collaborative work session with for the best eye care. These developments are making it possible to advance the design of new eye care systems, especially in the current situation of COVID-19. Tele-consultations, as well as tele-expertise in which the ophthalmologist in training contacts his/her professor, supports the advancement of Tele-Ophthalmology thanks to the Reacts platform.

As seen elsewhere across the world, the platform’s versatility allows for its adoption to several clinical applications, and enables healthcare professionals to extend their reach and provide greater access to their valuable expertise.


Full Steam Ahead for Telemedicine vs. COVID-19

La Presse article regarding the deployment of Reacts to all of Quebec’s physicians in order to support their efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Improving Emergency Care in Peru Using Tele-ultrasound Education with Philips Lumify and Reacts

Improving Emergency Care in Peru Using Tele-ultrasound Education with Philips Lumify and Reacts

Watch the amazing work done by a group of physicians from Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, to help develop emergency medicine Point of Care Ultrasound champions in Peru. The video highlights their story and the key role that Lumify with Reacts plays in their important work.

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Release of the Virtual Care Task Force report: Recommendations from the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada

February 11th, 2020 - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) have released their joint recommendations for the enabling and expansion of virtual care implementations in Canada, in the form of a Virtual Care Task Force (VCTF) report, distilled from nearly a year’s worth of analysis. The report, Virtual care: Recommendations for scaling up virtual medical services, outlines 19 recommendations for creating a pan-Canadian approach to the virtualization of health services.

Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, CEO of Innovative Imaging Technologies, was one of three participating panelists at the VCTF report release event in Ottawa, along with Julie Drury, patient’s voice representative, and Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network.

Here is a sampling of interviews regarding the VCTF report given by Dr. Beaulieu that same day:

Livestream recording of the Virtual Task Force panel

Tout un matin (FM 95,1) (French only)

Puisqu'il faut se lever (FM 98,5) (French only)

LCN : Le Québec matin (French only)

Le Soleil de Québec (French only)


Reacts Used at European Society of Intensive Care Medicine’s Live Clinical Case Echocardiography Course in Brussels

The European Diploma in advanced critical care EchoCardiography (EDEC) is a curriculum in Echocardiography offered by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) to practitioners who have acquired a basic level of competence in critical care echocardiography (CCE) and would like to extend their competencies to an advanced level. As part of the requirements for completion of the EDEC curriculum, prior to taking the exam, candidates for EDEC certification must participate in a minimum of 40 hours of advanced courses.

On January 28th 2020, an advanced course in echocardiography from the EDEC curriculum took place at the ESICM’s training center in Brussels, Belgium. During the course Reacts was used to stream live sessions from 3 ICU’s from Europe and Australia: Dr. Martin Balik was in his ICU at General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Dr. Philippe Vignon was in his ICU at CHU Limoges, France, and Dr. Anthony McLean was in his in ICU at Nepean Hospital, in Kingswood, Australia. During each of these sessions, the remote experts used Reacts to stream live transesophageal (TEE) and transthoracic (TTE) echo exams as well as video feeds from bedside monitors and respirators. Each remote expert was able to present and discuss clinical aspects of bedside echocardiography, including cardiorespiratory interactions. The unique interactive character of the presentations with experts performing live bedside echocardiography exams via Reacts from various locations around the world was greatly appreciated by the participants.

Developed by the ESICM’s Division of Professional Development, the EDEC Advanced Course on Echocardiography is designed for intensivists who have achieved a basic level of education and training in the use of echocardiography in an intensive care setting and would like to obtain an advanced knowledge and certification of their competency. Completion of EDEC training and competency-based testing designates that the intensivist is competent in advanced critical care echocardiography.

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Reacts at the 2019 Technology & the Future of Health Care Conference

May ushered in the 2019 edition of the Hamilton Health Innovation Week, a showcase for innovators and practitioners pushing the boundaries of health care, turning great ideas into practical real-world solutions that improve patient health, simplify care delivery, and bend the cost curve. A central event marking the week was the very first Technology & the Future of Health Care Conference, co-chaired by Dr. Richard Tytus and Dr. Dennis DiValentino.

The conference was designed for forward-thinking front-line health care providers who recognize the requirement to integrate technology into their practice, to provide them with a forum within which to define and understand digital health, obtain relevant information to guide their delivery of health care, and to identify health care challenges with digital solutions. Innovative Imaging Technologies was proud to participate in the conference and support Dr. Tytus and Dr. DiValentino’s efforts to increase access to health care for marginalized patients through the use of the Reacts platform.

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The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal deploys Reacts as its secure communication tool

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MONTREALMarch 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - In the field of healthcare, protecting data security and confidentiality is key. That's why the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal has adopted Reacts, a collaborative platform designed to meet the stringent performance and security standards of Québec's network of health and social service providers.

Reacts is a secure, integrated platform that combines instant messaging, secure file sharing and transfers, videoconferencing and interactive skills assessment functionalities with innovative features such as augmented reality and real-time image overlays. It will enable the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to streamline its operations across its many locations. The platform is certified by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec and supported by the Canadian Medical Association.

Quotes:

"To underscore and accelerate its digital transition, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal chose to implement innovative tools that will facilitate improved access to care as well as an improved ability to deliver high-quality services to the population. We are very pleased to adopt Reacts."

Frédéric Abergel, President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

"We're thrilled to contribute to the digital transformation unfolding at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. Integrating the Reacts platform will allow the organization to implement new healthcare models that will enhance secure communication and collaboration between its team members, their patients and their families."

Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Innovative Imaging Technologies

Key facts:

Reacts is a secure digital collaboration platform created by Québec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. It boasts a wide range of tools designed to meet the multiple remote collaboration needs of healthcare professionals while ensuring a secure virtual environment.

The application has been deployed across various disciplines in both clinical and educational settings for uses ranging from secure messaging and teleconsultations, to remote training and procedural supervision. It can also be used for remote wound care, tele-ultrasound, and interactive tele-surgical assistance.

About Reacts
Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision), is a secure, integrated, collaborative platform, created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT), that provides a variety of features designed to suit the multiple remote collaboration needs of healthcare professionals. It incorporates innovative tools like augmented reality, simultaneous sharing of multiple video streams, and interactive multimedia content overlays. Reacts is used in over 50 countries, in both clinical and educational settings. IIT develops strategic partnerships with medical equipment manufacturers and innovative organizations medical associations such as Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company. For more information, visit www.reacts.com.

About CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
Encompassing 26 healthcare facilities in five boroughs of northern Montreal, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is mandated with developing and administering healthcare and social services for the area's 436,000 residents. The organization also delivers specialized services to 1.8 million Quebeckers in other regions, mainly regarding trauma care and respiratory, cardiac and mental health. An affiliate of the Université de Montréal, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal's research is focused on three areas: biomedicine, social research and childhood and adolescent mental health.

 

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