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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Bringing ultrasound to the bedside in Rwanda

In Rwanda a unique ultrasound training program led by non-profit organization PURE (Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments) paired residents with emergency medicine physicians based all over the world who could act as remote mentors.

To facilitate this mentorship program, in 2018 PURE teamed up with health technology company Philips with the idea of using Philips integrated tele-ultrasound solution, Lumify with Reacts — a platform that allows for real-time remote consultation between mentors and mentees.

In this video, final year resident Dr. Vincent Ndebwanimana and Philadelphia-based mentor Dr. Trish Henwood, who co-founded PURE, demonstrate how the platform works.

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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.

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"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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Wound Care Teleassistance Using Reacts: Virtual Clinics Serving Patients

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The Telewound Care service developed by the Telehealth Coordination Centre, CIUSSS de l’Estrie — CHUS (Quebec, Canada) enables expert nurses to support, through virtual clinics, resource nurses at each of its facilities facing complex wound issues. This program enables patients to quickly get specialized wound care in their area, helps avoid complications and emergency visits, and cuts down on travel costs and time.

Since 2015, the Reacts collaborative platform’s support of their Telewound Care program has provided a versatile solution to increase the accessibility of wound care expertise, while meeting all safety and performance criteria.

A total of 64 facilities have access to virtual clinics specializing in wound care, spread across the 14 local health networks of 3 health institutions within the RUIS from the Université de Sherbrooke’s territory. Reacts’ innovative features, including the option of using the app in offline mode, enabled increase access to the TASP service, both in a clinical setting and at the patient's home. Moreover, nurses have access to real-time coaching from a wound care expert. This coaching helps leverage the application of wound care prescription rights by reducing the feeling of professional isolation among nurses, who would need to validate certain clinical elements before making a prescription. This timely support cuts down on the time a nurse needs to implement an appropriate treatment plan for the patient’s clinical situation, thereby improving his or her healing.

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Reacts Used during Montreal’s « 2018 Code Orange » Simulation

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A Code Orange simulation took place in Montreal on October 18th 2018. “Code Orange” is the name given to a situation in which, following a catastrophic event, a large number of casualties are being transported to a hospital center in a very short period of time.

The simulation involved the massive arrival of 23 severely injured patients in the emergency room (ER) of Sacré-Coeur Hospital (CIUSSS du Nord de l’Île) following a (simulated) terrorist attack in downtown Montreal.

Action happening in the emergency room and in the hospital blood bank was broadcasted live, using Reacts, to an audience in the hospital auditorium as well as to the leadership team in the coordinating command center established in the hospital boardroom.

Details about the unfolding Code Orange simulation were provided by an ED physician to a crowd of medical and non-medical professionals. They were gathered in the hospital auditorium to learn about the protocols and emergency measures being deployed live in front of their eyes. Blood bank personnel were on alert as multiple "massive transfusion protocols" were activated simultaneously. Action happening in the blood bank was also broadcasted live in the auditorium.

A total of 8 live video feeds were broadcasted to the audience using Reacts (5 from the ER and 3 from the blood bank).

Actors and simulators were used in the various trauma scenarios to bring a high degree of realism to the various simulated injuries. Logistics were coordinated live from the hospital boardroom by the CIUSSS du Nord de l’Île’s leadership team.

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Montreal’s Reacts Platform Selected by Global Leader Philips to Revolutionize Remote Collaboration in Portable Ultrasound

Montreal’s Reacts Platform Selected by Global Leader Philips to Revolutionize Remote Collaboration in Portable Ultrasound

Montreal, March 26, 2018– Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT) is proud to announce that global health technology leader Philips has selected its Reacts collaborative platform for integration into the Philips Lumify portable ultrasound system, which will become the world’s first integrated tele-ultrasound solution. This ground-breaking innovation connects clinicians around the globe in real time by turning a compatible smart device into an integrated tele-ultrasound machine, combining two-way audio and visual calls with live ultrasound streaming via Reacts. This innovation in point-of-care ultrasound brings endless possibilities to its users both inside and outside hospital walls.

Integration of the Reacts technology, developed by Montreal-based IIT, now enables live sharing of the Philips Lumify ultrasound stream, as well as the bidirectional sharing of audio, webcam video stream and interactive virtual pointers. This innovation thereby provides limitless opportunities to portable ultrasound users, free of any geographical barriers.

Through this intuitive, easy-to-use integrated system, clinicians can now:

  1. Launch a Reacts session and begin a remote face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system.
  2. Flip the camera on their smart device to show the ultrasound probe positioning.
  3. Share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting through the Reacts platform

“The unprecedented mobility and reliability of Philips Lumify with Reacts will open up new doors for the way clinicians collaborate, educate and train,” said Randy Hamlin, Point-of-Care Business Leader, Philips. “This all-in-one tele-ultrasound solution will change care delivery by bringing even more confidence to ultrasound clinicians and removing longstanding barriers in education, support and training.”

 Integrating Reacts to Lumify’s Portable Ultrasound System Shatters Barriers

Reacts’ integration with Lumify enables clinicians to connect and collaborate in real time like never before. This solution can help optimize patient care by bringing experts into an ultrasound exam anywhere in the world. Here are some possible uses:

  • A professor can go on virtual ultrasound rounds with students, helping them learn anatomy and probe positioning quickly and efficiently, unrestricted by location
  • A doctor can consult a colleague and collaborate using live streaming ultrasound.
  • A midwife in a remote location can call upon an obstetrician who is miles away to receive perspective and guidance, discussing the ultrasound exam as if they were in the same room.
  • In acute care, Lumify with Reacts allows an emergency medical technician in an ambulance to stream the live ultrasound exam and discuss a patient’s condition with an emergency department physician, expediting appropriate care delivery upon arrival.

“Philips was the ideal partner for this revolutionary collaboration. Reacts’ secure, versatile and interactive collaboration platform deployed on technology solutions like Lumify can change education and patient care models and enable a positive disruptive change to healthcare ” said Yanick Beaulieu, MD, FRCPC, CEO of IIT and creator of Reacts.

 The Reacts interactive collaboration platform integrated with the Philips Lumify mobile ultrasound system will be available in Canada and globally, everywhere Lumify is sold.

About Reacts

Reacts (Remote Education, Augmented Communication, Training and Supervision), is a secure, integrated, collaborative platform with unique and unparalleled interactive tools designed to suit the multiple collaborative needs of healthcare professionals and patients. It incorporates innovative tools, like augmented reality, for remote virtual guidance, supervision and training. It was created by Quebec-based Innovative Imaging Technologies Inc. (IIT). Its President, Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, leads a multi-disciplinary team specialized in multimedia and software development. Reacts is being used in 28 countries and has been deployed across various disciplines in both clinical and educational settings for uses going from secure messaging, remote wound care, tele-ultrasound, teleconsultations, to interactive tele-surgical assistance and remote procedural supervision. IIT is currently collaborating with several major hospitals in Québec, Canada and abroad, as well as innovation and health care focused organizations like Joule, a Canadian Medical Association company. For more information, visit:  www.reacts.com

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Pauline Ferrand

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