Northwestern Medicine Partners with Caption Health to Introduce New Artificially Intelligent Ultrasound Systems into Clinical Practice

Northwestern Medicine Partners with Caption Health to Introduce New Artificially Intelligent Ultrasound Systems into Clinical Practice

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CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2020

Northwestern Memorial Hospital First in Country to Adopt Caption AI in Multiple Clinical Settings

CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to purchase Caption Health’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology for ultrasound, Caption AI. The FDA cleared, AI-guided ultrasound system enables healthcare providers to acquire and interpret quality ultrasound images of the human heart, increasing access to timely and accurate cardiac assessments at the point of care.

Performing an ultrasound exam is a complex skill that takes years to master. Caption AI enables clinicians—including those without prior ultrasound experience—to quickly and accurately perform diagnostic-quality ultrasound exams by providing expert turn-by-turn guidance, automated quality assessment and intelligent interpretation capabilities. The systems are currently in the hospital’s emergency department, medical intensive care unit, cardio-oncology clinic and in use by the hospital medicine group.

“Through our partnership with Caption Health, we are looking to democratize the echocardiogram, a stalwart tool in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease,” said Patrick McCarthy, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and executive director of the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, a group involved in the early development of the technology. “Our ultimate goal is to improve cardiovascular health wherever we need to, and Caption AI is increasing access throughout the hospital to quality diagnostic images.”

Caption AI emulates the expertise of a sonographer by providing real-time guidance on how to position and manipulate the transducer, or ultrasound wand, on a patient’s body. The software shows clinicians in real time how close they are to acquiring a quality ultrasound image, and automatically records the image when it reaches the diagnostic-quality threshold. Caption AI also automatically calculates ejection fraction, or the percentage of blood leaving the heart when it contracts, which is the most widely used measurement to assess cardiac function.

“Northwestern Medicine has been a tremendous partner in helping us develop and validate Caption AI. We are thrilled that they are bringing Caption AI into key clinical settings as our first customer,” said Charles Cadieu, chief executive officer and co-founder of Caption Health. “The clinical, economic and operational advantages of using AI-guided ultrasound are clear. Most important, this solution increases access to a safe and effective diagnostic tool that can be life-saving for patients.”

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has a number of benefits. Increased usage of POCUS contributes to more timely and accurate diagnoses, more accurate monitoring and has been shown to lead to changes in patient management in 47% of cases for critically ill patients. POCUS also allows patients to avoid additional visits to receive imaging, as well as providing real-time results that can be recorded into a patient’s electronic medical record.

“I think the most exciting part is that Caption AI allows our intensive care unit (ICU) providers to do a point-of-care, real-time ultrasound for a sick patient,” said James “Mac”

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VeChain, Renji Hospital and DNV GL Held Strategic Partnership Signing Ceremony To Launch World’s First Blockchain Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center

SHANGHAI, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In partnership with VeChain and DNV GL, Renji Hospital, a top-ranked hospital in China affiliated with the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, has announced the launch of the world’s first blockchain-enabled Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center on October 20, 2020. The Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center is a transparent, efficient, and traceable medical management solution powered by VeChain ToolChainTM.

Sunny Lu, Co-founder and CEO of VeChain & Jidong Zhang, Vice President of Renji Hospital & George Kang, Senior Vice President of DNV GL Group
Sunny Lu, Co-founder and CEO of VeChain & Jidong Zhang, Vice President of Renji Hospital & George Kang, Senior Vice President of DNV GL Group

As strategic partners of this new initiative, VeChain and DNV GL will jointly support the hospital in the quest to improve global public health through state-of-the-art blockchain technology and professional advisory.

VeChain ToolChainTM Powers The World’s First Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center 

The Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center combines the advantages of VeChain blockchain technology with DNV GL’s professional services. It enables full patient ownership of personal medical records, allowing patients to take control of the authorization and medical records data management. Research institutions inside and outside the hospital can use authorized data to improve the efficiency of clinical research, and regulatory agencies can use authorized data to conduct business compliance checks on medical institutions and establish a credit evaluation system.

Zhang Jidong, Vice President of Renji Hospital, said, “The launch of the Intelligent Tumor Treatment Centre intends to enhance high-quality integrated development of Renji Hospital. Moving forward, Renji intends to boost our healthcare facilities with more blockchain-powered use cases and projects, which will be gradually disclosed together with our partners when the time is right.”

George Kang, Senior Vice President of DNV GL Group, said, “Through independent and objective medical evaluation methods, DNV GL intends to provide more services for Renji Hospital to improve its service quality and medical experience, moving to a new stage of higher standards, higher requirements and higher quality.”

Sunny Lu, co-founder and CEO of VeChain, said, “As digital transformation accelerates in the healthcare sector, VeChain will continue to demonstrate its advantages and flexibility as a superior blockchain platform that is suitable for all types of use cases and industries. We are very proud and excited to be contributing to the public health industry by providing the technology for Renji Hospital’s Intelligent Tumor Treatment Centre.”

VeChain Facilitating Digital Transformation To Improve Public Health

In line with the Chinese Government’s 14th Five-Year (2021-2025) Plan for Economic and Social Development, the National Health Commission formulated an official guideline and re-emphasized blockchain technology as an essential innovation and integration of the medical and health industry. VeChain is committed to solving the pain points of digital medical reform through blockchain technology and balancing personal privacy and public interests.

By using the self-developed one-stop data BaaS platform VeChain ToolChainTM , we have many proven cases in the medical sector, including a blockchain powered Clinical Trial Traceability Platform for Bayer China, and a blockchain-enabled medical data management platform named The E-NewHealthLife

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