Three Quick Tasks to Improve your Remote UltraLinq Workflow

3 Quick Tasks

3 Quick Tasks

Did you recently add new staff to support the wave of postponed routine procedures? 

Maybe you need better management of studies coming from your different locations? 

Is your team more forgetful of their passwords when working remotely? 

UltraLinq offers robust features that help your whole practice to work remotely. Sonographers, physicians, and any office staff with secure login credentials can create exams, assign user roles, and finalize reports from socially distanced locations with the help of our cloud-based software.

Below you’ll learn how to easily add users, add locations, and reset passwords to improve your workflow when working remotely 

Adding New Users is a quick task! Learning to add users can save you time and help you customize your workflow.  Any user granted the Admin permission can easily add users by following the simple steps below or by following this link: 

  • The first step to add a new user is logging in to your account. Once logged in, click on the Admin tab in the upper right-hand corner.  
  • Next, click on Users, then Add a User. From here you’ll be able to enter the user’s information.  
  • If the user needs login credentials, you’ll want to check off User may log in. This will allow you to create their credentials.  
  • Don’t forget to hit Save once you’re done! 

Adding a location to your UltraLinq account is just as easy as adding new users:  

  • Once an Admin is logged in, click on the Admin tab at the top of the page, then in the Actions section select Locations.  
  • From there, you’ll be able to click Add a Location and input the Location information.  
  • Don’t forget to hit Save once you’re done! 

Resetting a Password is another task that Admins can do in just a few, simple steps that will help you and your team save time 

  • After logging in to your UltraLinq account and clicking on the Admin tab in the upper right cornerselect Users 
  • Once there, select the user that needs their password to be reset, select Edit User, and then enter and confirm the new password.  
  • Don’t forget to hit Save once you’re done! 

If you ever run into a questionUltraLinq offers a large library of support articles for self-guided help whenever you need it. If you need further assistance, UltraLinq offers full and free support Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM EST, with support for medical emergencies 24/7, by email at support@ultralinq.com or 1-800-227-2956 Option 1

Applauding Nurses Around the World!

Nurses

We are proud to be celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6 – May 12 together with National Student Nurses Day, National School Nurse Day, and International Nurses Day throughout the week. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses serve in hospitals and medical centers across the country. Nurses have a multi-faceted role and one of their most important tasks is to help “understand their doctor’s diagnosis, and how to manage symptoms. This [diagnosis and symptom understanding] assists the patient to obtain a high level of quality information at discharge, so they fully understand the importance of following medical advice when they return home.” (1)

The basis for forming strong patient relationships is based on providing relevant patient data efficiently. Efficient patient data sharing contributed to the adoption of innovative solutions, such as cloud-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).  The UltraLinq Solution, for example, allows nurses to access patient data from any location with an internet connection, including all patient demographics, pre-read notes, patient attachments, moving clips, still images, and physician comments. Whether our nurses are in private practice or on the hospital front lines, they can use current or previous exam information to inform their patients of the best treatment pathways.

Last month, the dedicated World Health Day honored Nurses.  The World Health Organization shared, “Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response”. (2)

Facts you didn’t know about nursing:

  • In 1873, the first three nursing schools opened in the USA. By the start of the 20th century, almost 800 nursing schools were in operation across the country.
  • Today, there are approximately 3.1 million practising nurses.
  • Nurses average about 4-5 miles of walking during each 12-hour shift. (3)  

In celebration of this year’s National Nurses Week, UltraLinq would like to thank each and every nurse for their dedication to patient care.  Whether on the front lines with COVID-19 or as professionals in offices around the world, we thank you. 



References:

  1. https://acceleratednursing.roseman.edu/blog/6-reasons-why-nurses-are-important-in-healthcare/
  2. https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/world-health-day/world-health-day-2020
  3. https://www.travelnursing.com/news/features-and-profiles/the-4-mile-shift-how-far-do-nurses-walk/

 

The unexpected role of Lung Ultrasound and improving COVID-19 identification and outcomes

Ultrasound of Lungs

Ultrasound of Lungs 

The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mobilized physicians and healthcare companies to provide large-scale patient care, develop rapid test kits, and produce personal protective equipment (PPE) at a remarkable scale. For patients with advanced stages of COVID-19, pneumonia remains one of the key health issues affecting fatality rates and doctors are grappling to find and implement methods to rapidly diagnose, track, and manage affected patients. Recent findings from physicians and researchers in Italy found that lung ultrasound (LUS) can play an important role in the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms to enable prompt intervention. 

While “studies aimed at clarifying the diagnostic and prognostic role of LUS in COVID-19 are urgently needed,” (3) the potential for LUS to be used for triaging patients before arriving at the hospital, and assist with the management of ICU patients who already have COVID-19, appears promising. Unlike computed tomography (CT) scans and X-rays, ultrasound does not expose patients to unnecessary radiation and is performed at the bedside in real-time (2).

In response to COVID-19, UltraLinq released a detailed lung ultrasound worksheet to support clinicians and sonographers who are tirelessly fighting this pandemic on the front line. There has never been a more important time to support and assist those who are putting their lives at risk for our well-being.

The UltraLinq solution is specifically designed to equip healthcare providers across the country to remotely share, archive, and report on their diagnostic images from anywhere with an internet connection. Rather than being tethered to the workstation at the practice, UltraLinq can help optimize physicians working remotely. With the surge in telemedicine due to COVID-19, UltraLinq can assist healthcare providers instantly access their patients’ diagnostic studies allowing faster diagnosis and treatment decisions.

To learn more about lung ultrasound in the screening and management of COVID-19, here are additional resources:

 
 
 
 
References:
(1) Picano E, Scali MC, Ciampi Q, Lichtenstein D. Lung Ultrasound for the Cardiologist. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2018 Nov;11(11):1692–705. http://imaging.onlinejacc.org/content/11/11/1692
(2) Lung Ultrasound: Present & Future: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4429387/
(3) Soldati, G., Smargiassi, A., Inchingolo, R., Buonsenso, D., Perrone, T., Briganti, D. F., … Demi, L. (2020). Is there a role for lung ultrasound during the COVID-19 pandemic? Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1002/jum.15284 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jum.15284
(4) Lung Ultrasound: A new tool for the cardiologist https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3059291/

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. 

Want to Learn More?

Census: National Doctors Day: March 30, 2019

National Doctor’s Day

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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