The Philips Lumify is a portable ultrasound device with multiple transducers that enables users to simply download a mobile application onto a smart device, plug in the transducer, and go. This technology’s extreme mobility and ease of use provides healthcare professionals more ways to treat patients on the scene, particularly during emergencies or while circulating among various patient areas. However, its actual use presented some new issues for Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest U.S. nonprofit healthcare systems. It simply wasn’t practical for clinicians to carry the device, transducer and even gel as they moved throughout a hospital or suite of offices, especially given other items they must keep with them at any given time.
Leaders at Banner Health reached out to GCX to develop a solution that would allow them to take full advantage of this technology.
The GCX team traveled to a Banner Health facility to observe how the Philips Lumify was currently being used and gather key information.
Based on the discussion and subsequent brainstorming, we presented several options for positioning a Samsung tablet on a lightweight, mobile roll stand. We could:
In the end, the Banner Health team favored Option 2 — having the transducer and gel available near the handle of the roll stand. GCX was able to integrate the portable ultrasound system into the hospital setting in a way that substantially improved usability and gave Banner Health a more immediate return on its technology investment.
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