Following the inaugural launch of Echovation Challenge in 2016, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has renewed its mission of accelerating innovation, shaping the future of cardiovascular ultrasound. Once again, this ASE initiative provides a platform and forum for ASE members and others to offer ground-breaking solutions to the challenges that face cardiovascular ultrasound.
Challenge 2017: Streamlining Diagnostics to Augment Medical Decision Making
Cardiovascular ultrasound is an exceptional clinical tool used to help provide insight into all aspects of cardiovascular disease. With the increasing focus being placed on “shared decision making” and “personalized medicine,” it will become ever more crucial for clinicians to quickly and accurately diagnose patients, so that targeted, effective, and personalized treatments can be decided upon and begun.
The Challenge Objective
To showcase innovations in cardiovascular ultrasound technology including imaging acquisition hardware, software, workflow strategies, interpretation and decision modeling that will speed the time to diagnosis and optimize time spent in patient care for a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Such innovations may have already been adopted or may be in development in echocardiography laboratories and medical institutions throughout the United States and across the world. The Echovation Challenge is designed to encourage, spotlight, and ultimately promulgate advances in the cardiovascular field. In addition, ASE hopes to instigate connections in the field, linking researchers, industry, labs, engineers and thought-leaders to share information and educate one another.
The Challenge Breakthrough
ASE hopes to discover and promote the best practices and processes that have the potential to enhance the diagnostic process in cardiovascular ultrasound while maintaining excellence in patient care. To discover how to best utilize human and capital resources along with the incorporation of novel technologies, including but not limited to probe design, image visualization, computational modeling, myocardial mechanics, contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), data analytics, miniaturized ultrasound devices, smartphone and mobile imaging technologies, and therapy planning.
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