FDA 510(k) clearance for remote diagnostic use of Philips Collaboration Live integrated teleultrasound extended to more mobile platforms

Collaboration Live has obtained an extension of its 510(k) marketing authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration for remote diagnostic use on more mobile platforms, according to Royal Philips, a global technology leader of health. Collaboration Live, available on Philips Ultrasound Systems EPIQ and Affiniti, allows clinicians to work in real-time with colleagues to perform imaging and diagnostics, regardless of location.

Ultrasound is one of the most accessible and inexpensive imaging modalities. However, capturing and analyzing the resulting images and making an accurate diagnosis requires significant experience and skill. Although ultrasound technology is commonly available in hospitals and other health care facilities, significant staffing shortages could impede access to services. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has put professionals who encounter infected patients at risk, and the backlog of postponed exams is now increasing the workload and growing demand for greater efficiency. Collaboration Live enables remote diagnosis, which increases the ability to see patients inside and outside healthcare facilities, and can help reduce the risk of exposure to infectious diseases for healthcare personnel and patients, such as COVID-19.

Doctors can now consult or diagnose from their mobile device, check their bandwidth strength before placing a call, and check their display calibration remotely to ensure image quality is acceptable for diagnostics, thanks to its increased approval for diagnostic use on more platforms. As a result, clinicians will work more efficiently and flexibly now that they are no longer limited to using a PC for remote communication.

“We are committed to helping our customers provide better access to care for their patients, anywhere, anytime. Collaboration Live is a perfect example of how Philips provides an expanded experience for patients and healthcare professionals health thanks to No longer do sonographers feel they are alone or limited to simply acquiring ultrasound images and preparing a report for later clinical examination, and can now rely on the expertise of colleagues during ultrasound examinations to provide an accurate diagnosis in the place that each patient deserves”.

Users can chat, type, share screens, and stream video directly from a Philips EPIQ or Affiniti ultrasound machine to a remote PC or compatible mobile device using Philips Collaboration Live. Additionally, the ultrasound user can give remote control of the ultrasound system to the remote user, allowing them to improve image quality, capture a new image, or perform a measurement, as well as allowing remote clinicians to view ultrasound images in real-time diagnostic and communicate with the local physician and patient to provide advice and ask questions. Along with the ability to review the display screen calibration remotely, these features provide the high diagnostic confidence needed to help improve patient outcomes.

With protocol training, remote assistance during ultrasound tests, and real-time communication between doctors and patients, Collaboration Live can help hospitals standardize treatment across all sites and support employees remotely, ensuring the same high standard of care wherever it is provided. Additionally, in vivo collaboration can be used in all areas of medicine where ultrasound can provide crucial diagnostic information, such as breast and hepatological imaging, and maternal-fetal medicine regarding the possibility of high-risk pregnancies and cardiac imaging.