Developments in technology have made point of care ultrasound (POCUS) available and practical for use by general practitioners as a diagnostic tool. Pinnacle is looking for urban practices wanting to be a part of this initiative.
POCUS has become an affordable alternative; especially in a rapidly evolving general practice environment where increasing demands require increasingly effective and comprehensive clinical care.
From a systematic review, Anderson C A, Holden S, Vela J, Rathleff M S, and Jensen M B (2019) found patients perceived real benefits in terms of quicker treatment and access to additional expertise.
The use of POCUS within primary care eliminated the need for further testing in anywhere from 32 per cent to 66 per cent of scans undertaken.
The review indicated that GPs can scan with a satisfactory level of accuracy, especially for DVTs, and for focussed scans in selected areas. GPs can scan with a high level of competence after just a few hours of training.
Pinnacle has established a relationship with the Butterfly Network and has invested in a team licence on behalf of the Pinnacle network. We're looking for urban practices wanting to be a part of this initiative.
The Butterfly IQ ultrasound device provides a number of clinical decision support functions for (including but not limited to) cardiac, biliary, pleural and bladder assessment.
The team licence provides access to:
The use of ultrasonography is very operator-dependent and requires appropriate training and quality assurance to provide quality care and improved diagnostic capability. Pinnacle has fostered a relationship with Ultrasound Imaging Education (contracted educators to the University of Otago) to deliver educational workshops to our network.
Pinnacle is offering a Hamilton workshop on 27 and 28 February, 2021 (depending on interest, there may be more).
Training is limited to the first 20 responses (after which we'll add to a wait list).
Please note, you will also need a compatible smart phone or tablet to use the Butterfly IQ device.
If your practice is interested, please email your expression of interest to Alesia Wells: Alesia.Wells@pinnacle.health.nz by Monday 14 December.
Tony Mottershead, General Manager - Primary Care Strategic Development
027 218 6524