UltraLinq Honors National Doctor’s Day

Two male and two female doctors sitting at a table taking while having a coffee

Two male and two female doctors sitting at a table taking while having a coffee

 On March 30, 1933, Eudora Brown Almond honored physicians like her husband, Dr. Charles B. Almond. She sent greeting cards to doctors both active and retired. Twenty- five years after the first celebration, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution to commemorate Doctors’ Day. Doctors’ Day was signed into law on October 30, 1990, and now celebrated with greeting cards and red carnations.

At UltraLinq we are fortunate enough to support doctors every day. We see the long hours they put in, their commitment to patient care, and their dedication to health care as a whole.

When reflecting on current events, many doctors are working day and night to combat the recent upturn in cases of COVID-19. With an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases and long hours being put in, UltraLinq remains committed to sharing resources that support doctor well being on this commemorative day:

The American Medical Association listed 6 ways to handle the stress, that range from being cognizant of the hours that doctors are working to having access to mental health support: 6 ways to address physician stress during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) posted tips to handle stress as a responder. As doctors continue to be on the front line, they risk their physical and mental health. The CDC tips focus on reducing secondary traumatic stress: Managing Stress and Anxiety.

Magellan Health Insights has a unique take on how to handle stress during this time. Their tips include creating a calm environment for yourself, as well as reaching out for professional help: Addressing anxiety about the coronavirus (COVID-19): Healthcare workers

Today, on National Doctors’ Day, all of us at UltraLinq would like to thank the doctors we previously worked with, are currently working with, and will work with in the future. We appreciate your trust in us to help care for your patients. 

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UltraLinq Cloud PACS featured on BBC Spotlight

BBC News features UltraLinq cloud PACS technology as a key factor in improving regional UK healthcare services and improving patient care.

Watch the BBC news feature on UltraCardiac, a private echocardiology provider that integrated UltraLinq Cloud PACS into their clinical services 2 years ago and brought the average waiting time for the local NHS Trust from 16 weeks to 3 weeks.

GPs and Cardiologists across the region have been able to accelerate their decision making thanks to UltraCardiac being able to share patient exams and reports within 24 hours.

Latest News: LifeSignals and Renew Health

LifeSignals Inc announces merger of LifeSignals portfolio with the connected health portfolio of Renew Health Limited to form LifeSignals Group Inc

LifeSignals Inc., a global leader in the field of wireless biosensor technology through the Life Signal™ Processor silicon platform, announced its merger with the connected health assets of Renew Health Limited (Renew), based in Ireland and Singapore.  As a result, a new company, LifeSignals Group Inc.(LGI), has been formed and will be led by LifeSignals Inc. CEO and founder Surendar Magar. The  LifeSignals Group will incorporate  the LifeSignals Inc. business, and its Bangalore based subsidiary, LifeSignals (India) Private Limited.  From Renew, LGI has acquired the UltraLinq cloud-based cardiology PACS platform business and the Zensor™+ cardiac analytics software business.

With its wide-ranging assets, LGI plans to accelerate the global adaptation of clinical-grade wireless biosensors by working with healthcare device OEMs and service providers, thereby improving healthcare delivery to currently underserved populations.

 “I am delighted to see this merger come to fruition,” comments Magar. “Combining the assets of both parties brings the scale and resources required for LifeSignals to accelerate its vision of promoting multiparameter clinical-grade wireless biosensor patches, and replace the billions of “wired” biosensors (e.g. ECG electrodes) that currently dominate the clinical monitoring arena.  Overall, the combination of our wireless proprietary smart biosensor technology with the flexible cloud-based analytics, will enable patients and healthcare providers to receive potentially life-saving, real-time analysis of health data at a level that did not previously exist.”

Fast-growing Renew Health, co-founded by entrepreneur and visionary Ravinder Sajwan, foresees great potential in this merger. “The Renew Group has long recognised the potential of LifeSignals to lead wireless biosensor adaptation on a global scale due to the unmatched power of its processor technology. Having made major investments in the connected health technologies that are complementary to LifeSignals biosensors, we see it as a natural progression to merge the connected health assets of Renew with LifeSignals Inc., to create LifeSignals Group Inc.  Post-merger, Renew will concentrate its resources on the manufacture and global distribution of our unique commercial product portfolio” says CEO Ravinder Sajwan who will serve on the Board of Directors of LifeSignals Group Inc.

For more information on LifeSignals visit www.lifesignals.com

 

UltraCardiac: Breaking the mould to enhance patient care

How one UK private clinic reduced echocardiogram waiting times from 16 weeks to 3 weeks, saving time and resources for local Health Trust.

UltraCardiac, a UK-based private provider of ultrasound echocardiograms – has been able to assist the local NHS Trust to significantly reduce outpatient waiting times for an echocardiogram by more than 75%, from 16 weeks down to 3 weeks. Their commitment to offering patients a fast and efficient service is helping the company expand rapidly across the region and offer a more community-led service. 

In 2017, experienced NHS echocardiographer, Sean Gundry, set up UltraCardiac with his wife Sarah, who has a career background in banking. They saw there was a significant need in their home area of East Cornwall and West Devon for a more streamlined and connected pathway for outpatients who urgently required echocardiograms.

Prior to the Gundrys setting up UltraCardiac, if the NHS and private providers locally needed to view, report or share scans, it was common practice to burn the patient scans on to CDs or memory sticks, as the files were too large to email. These CDs and memory sticks were then sent to the relevant cardiologist or healthcare professional who uploaded the
images on the appropriate imaging system to be reviewed.

With a national shortage of qualified echocardiographers, and an increase in the demand for an echo, outpatient waiting times grew to an average, 16 weeks – much longer than the national guidelines. The lengthy process of sharing the images between primary and secondary providers, would often mean they were not available when patients went to hospital for a follow up appointment resulting in scans being repeated. This convoluted process contributed to an additional burden on NHS staff, resources and patient waiting times.

The idea to launch UltraCardiac emanated from the desire to help address these problems and ultimately provide better patient care. From the company’s inception in 2017, the Gundrys realised they needed to address the biggest obstacle which was to simplify the way images were stored, reviewed and shared between internal and external healthcare providers. After an extensive review of various system providers, the Gundrys decided to break the mould and opt for a cloud-based PACS solution, UltraLinq. They found utilising the cloud-based UltraLinq platform, allowed their sonographers to seamlessly capture, store and share all of the patient’s echo results within minutes.

UltraLinq also allows the in-house sonographers to instantly view the scans in diagnostic quality and write the NHS compliant patient report with a summary of findings. As part of the UltraCardiac Quality Assured service, every report is peer reviewed before being shared. Once completed, the full patient report and scans can then be reviewed via a secure link by the patient’s GP or clinical care team. Remarkably, within two months of the launch of UltraCardiac, local NHS secondary care outpatient echo waiting times reduced from 16 weeks to 6 weeks. Two years on, UltraCardiac provides private and NHS outpatient echos for the entire region – amounting to over 200 patient scans per week – and impressively, outpatient waiting times are currently down to just 3 weeks.

As well as running a clinic from its Plymouth base, UltraCardiac has started to provide a community focused echocardiogram service, visiting local GP practices and community hospitals so more patients can have their heart checked close to home. With the freedom of a cloud-based UltraLinq platform, the company can provide identical levels of service delivery from remote outreach locations as from the Plymouth clinic.UK