Healthcare Business Review award 2023

Global Ultrasound Institute: Honored as the Top 20 Medical Staff Training & Development Company

December 19, 2023

The Healthcare Business Review has recognized the Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) for its exceptional contributions to POCUS education and training. Dive into the details and discover how GUSI is shaping the future of medical staff development. Read more about this prestigious recognition!

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UAB’s School of Medicine Achieves Milestone with $2 Million Grant for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training

December 5, 2023

The Global Ultrasound Institute applauds UAB’s School of Medicine for a groundbreaking achievement. Securing a $2 million federal grant, the school has equipped every student with point-of-care ultrasound units, guaranteeing comprehensive education in POCUS. A significant stride towards advancing medical learning! Read UAB’s article, UAB is one of the first US medical schools to give portable ultrasound unit access to all students. Here’s why.

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GUSI participates in OB POCUS Training in Kenya

December 5, 2023

Ultrasound is a crucial diagnostic tool in medicine, with recent technological advancements leading to increased use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). However, in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), access to ultrasound and training is limited, especially for reproductive health. This article highlights the feasibility of implementing OB POCUS for high-risk conditions in rural Kenyan healthcare facilities through a collaborative effort involving Butterfly Network, Global Ultrasound Institute, and Kenyatta University. Read more.

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Integration of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Family Medicine Clerkships: A CERA Study

Aug 2023

Researchers surveyed clerkship directors regarding the incorporation of POCUS education and other procedural training in their institutions. Out of the respondents, only 13.9% reported structured POCUS education during the clerkship, while 50.5% included other procedural training. Although 65% of clerkship directors recognized the importance of POCUS in family medicine, few directors used it personally or included it in the clerkship education. The study suggests that there is an opportunity to expand POCUS exposure for medical students during the clerkship as POCUS continues to be integrated into medical education in family medicine.

Read more: Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Procedural Instruction in the Family Medicine Clerkship: A CERA Study


Point of Care Ultrasound on Acute Heart Failure Hospitalization

Impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) on Acute Heart Failure Hospitalization

Jun 2023

A retrospective cohort study investigated the impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) as an additional diagnostic tool in hospitalized heart failure patients. The study compared patients who received ultrasound-guided diagnosis at admission with those who underwent standard diagnosis. The results showed that the introduction of POCUS reduced the time to disposition decision and total length of hospital stay, while increasing the time to treatment. The study highlights the potential benefits of POCUS in improving clinical outcomes for acute heart failure patients and suggests the need for further evaluation in clinical trials to confirm these findings.

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Impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Acute Heart Failure Hospitalization

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Impact of Physician-Performed Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) on Outpatient Cardiology Consultation

May 2023

A recent study investigated the impact of point of care ultrasound performed by consulting cardiologists during the initial cardiology consultation on patient management and downstream testing. The study compared patients who received POCUS during their consultation with a control group that did not receive POCUS. The results showed that POCUS detected more abnormal echo findings, leading to greater medication adjustments and earlier referrals for advanced cardiac diagnostic imaging and subspecialty cardiac referrals. Additionally, patients who received POCUS had fewer referrals for noninvasive stress testing. 

Read more: Impact of Physician-Performed POCUS During Outpatient Cardiology Consultation on Patient Management & Downstream Testing

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Global Ultrasound Institute and Butterfly Network: A Visionary POCUS Partnership

Mar 2023

Butterfly Network, Inc and Global Ultrasound Institute have collaborated to deploy the largest ever point-of-care ultrasound equipment to mid-level providers across Kenya and South Africa, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project began with a week-long training program for midwives, clinical officers and physicians from 8 counties in Kenya, with 514 providers completing training by the end of 2022. These providers are now offering POCUS scanning for pregnant mothers at 224 public health facilities across Kenya.

Phase 2 of the project will distribute an additional five hundred Butterfly iQ+ devices in South Africa and is set to launch in the first half of 2023.

Read more: Transforming Maternal and Neonatal Health through Deployment of Portable Ultrasound at Scale


Gates Foundation Donates $5M for 1,000 Butterfly Ultrasounds to Sub-Saharan Africa


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