It all started with an idea from Dr. Oron Frenkel, Director of Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program, St. Paul’s Hospital.
He wanted to connect existing ultrasound and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to solve a big problem: diagnosing conditions in real time in almost every part of the body, from anywhere.
The team at Providence Health Care Ventures, part of Providence Health Care, worked to make this dream a reality via the Digital Technology Supercluster.
It partnered with Clarius, St. Paul’s Foundation, Change Healthcare, the University of British Columbia and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC to create the Intelligent Network for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS).
PoCUS has resulted in life-saving care for patients in rural and remote settings, providing access to diagnostic imaging and enabling clinicians to interpret scans and share data that was previously unavailable.
Reduces need for patient travel
This reduces the need for patients to travel for imaging tests, and increases the ability for physicians to make informed decisions about triaging and expediting care.