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The way patients are diagnosed, treated, and cared for is undergoing significant transformation in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM). Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a powerful tool in enhancing diagnostic accuracy, optimizing workflows, and fostering equitable access to healthcare. But there are many profound implications of AI in MFM, which were discussed in a recent panel, “Exploring the Expanding Role of Artificial Intelligence in Maternal-Fetal Medicine” that featured clinicians and experts at the SMFM 2024 Pregnancy Meeting.

The speakers and panelists included: Jeanne Sottile, RDMS RVT CSPO of AS Software; University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow Physician, Dr. Neil Bharat Patel; CEO of Ultrasound AI, Robert Bunn; Chief Medical Offer and Professor, Dr. Garrett K.Lam, of Intermountain High Risk Pregnancy Center and University of Kentucky; and Martin Mienkina, PhD, Advanced Technology and Innovation Manager at GE Healthcare.

Here is a breakdown into the key insights that emerged of the multifaceted applications of AI, challenges, opportunities, and its potential to reshape patient outcomes.

The establishment of trust in algorithmic insights is central to the integration of AI into MFM.

Rigorous testing methodologies are paramount to validate AI algorithms, ensuring consistency and persistence of results across diverse patient populations and clinical settings.

Transparency and trust will build the foundation of successful adoption and utilization of new AI technologies, ensuring that AI-driven innovations enhance, rather than compromise, patient care.

A compelling aspect of AI in MFM is its capacity to democratize healthcare access.

By mitigating skill barriers through technologies like AI-assisted ultrasound, AI enables less specialized practitioners to perform basic examinations with greater accuracy. This innovation is especially promising for underserved rural and international communities, where access to specialized care can be limited.

AI algorithms, like those that can predict preterm birth, represent a large shift in diagnostic approaches.

These algorithms transcend conventional anatomical markers like the cervix, leveraging digital signals within ultrasound images to discern subtle patterns and correlations. AI can ‘see’ beyond human perception and analyze a spectrum of anatomical areas (like the ovaries, uterus, and placenta).

By processing vast amounts of data in real time, AI algorithms can detect early indicators of complications, leading to timelier interventions and improved patient outcomes.

Ensuring equitable access to AI-driven healthcare solutions is a critical consideration in the adoption of AI in MFM.

Some collaborative efforts underway include the development of solutions tailored for low-resource settings, supported by organizations like the Gates Foundation. By leveraging AI to bridge healthcare gaps globally, these initiatives aim to advance maternal and fetal health outcomes worldwide.

The equitable dissemination of AI solutions in MFM extends beyond merely providing access to technology. It involves tailoring solutions to suit the needs of diverse populations and addressing systemic barriers to healthcare access. By prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility, AI-driven innovations have the potential to revolutionize maternal and fetal healthcare delivery.

From enhancing diagnostic precision to optimizing workflows and fostering equitable access to healthcare, AI promises to transform patient care in MFM. However, realizing this potential requires collaborative efforts, rigorous testing methodologies, and regulatory oversight to ensure the reliability, validity, and accessibility of AI technologies.

As the healthcare industry navigates the intersection of AI and healthcare, the future of maternal-fetal medicine holds promise for improved patient outcomes and enhanced quality of care.


Learn more about AS Software’s approach to AI: AI in Ultrasound Reporting: Driving Efficiency and Automation

Cloud-based enterprise ultrasound imaging is emerging as a game-changer for large and small healthcare enterprises.

Combining the precision of enterprise ultrasound with the agility of cloud technology, these solutions are revolutionizing patient care, operational efficiency, and clinical collaboration.

Here are 5 key ways cloud-based enterprise ultrasound imaging is transforming workflows:

Cloud solutions offer unparalleled scalability and flexibility, enabling healthcare organizations of any size to seamlessly expand their imaging capabilities to meet growing demands:

  • Accommodating increasing patient volume
  • Integrating new imaging modalities
  • Expanding across multiple facilities

This empowers enterprises to scale their imaging infrastructure effortlessly, without the limitations of traditional on-premises systems.

Healthcare professionals gain unprecedented accessibility to critical imaging data from any location, at any time.

From reviewing ultrasound images to accessing historical patient data, the technology promotes mobility and flexibility, empowering clinicians to make informed decisions and deliver timely care with confidence.

Cloud-based enterprise ultrasound imaging fosters seamless collaboration and communication among healthcare professionals, facilitating interdisciplinary teamwork and informed decision-making.

From real-time image sharing to secure messaging and collaborative reporting, cloud-based technology enables clinicians to work together efficiently, leading to faster diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, and ultimately, better patient outcomes.

Healthcare enterprises can realize significant cost savings and operational efficiencies. It eliminates the need for upfront investments in hardware infrastructure and maintenance, offering a cost-effective model that aligns with organizational budgets and financial objectives.

Cloud technology also enables rapid deployment of innovative solutions, such as AI-driven image analysis and advanced analytics, driving continuous improvement and innovation in enterprise imaging practices.

Data security and compliance are paramount in healthcare, and cloud-based enterprise ultrasound imaging solutions prioritize robust security measures to safeguard sensitive patient information.

The technology ensures compliance with regulatory requirements, protecting patient privacy and confidentiality while maintaining data integrity and security.


Cloud-based enterprise ultrasound imaging represents a transformative approach to healthcare delivery, empowering large and small enterprises to optimize imaging workflows, enhance collaboration, and improve patient care outcomes.

By leveraging the combined strength of enterprise ultrasound and cloud technology, healthcare organizations can unlock new opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and excellence in diagnostic imaging.

Learn how AS Software’s cloud-based enterprise ultrasound reporting can help your organization revolutionize patient care: Get a Demo

Learn how sonographers and radiologists can go from paper-driven, manual processes to automated efficiency.

For too long, General Ultrasound departments have been stuck in manual, error-prone processes. Working together with your PACS and dictation system, modern ultrasound reporting allows radiology departments to go beyond paper worksheets. In this webinar, sonographers Jeanne and Derek discuss the benefits of leveraging automated reporting to save time, reduce errors, and more — without disrupting workflows.

Watch now to explore:

  • Why now is the right time to explore an enhanced, automated reporting solution for general ultrasound 
  • A quick demonstration of Sonographer and Radiologist workflows in AS Software

Speakers

Derek DellaVecchia

Derek DellaVecchia
RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSR

> Learn more about Derek

Jeanne Sotille

Jeanne Sotille
RDMS, RVT, CSPO

> Read more from Jeanne

“You can stay in the workflow that you’re accustomed to. We’re going to take what works, and make it better.”

  • Replace paper-driven reporting with an electronic solution
  • Leverage automation to build reports in seconds
  • Reduce errors and eliminate manual inputs
  • Easily integrate with your PACS and dictation system for greater efficiency

Jenna Perhacs

RDMS

Team Player Winner

“She is always there for her patients. A team player and very caring person.”

“She is kind, a team player and so so so incredibly smart!”

“She’s such an amazing person, there aren’t enough ways to tell her.”

“She has the best personality, she knows exactly how to treat each and every patient with care and compassion. Truly the best!”

Roy Armand

BS, RDMS

Inspiring Leader Winner

“Even though his schedule was very busy, he would take his time to teach everything he could.”

“I will never forget his kindness and generosity.”

“He’s an exemplary leader and a mentor to so many people.”

“He taught me to be a better person. I learned how to pass on skills to my students and younger colleagues from him.”

Hayley Bartkus

MS-HPEd., BSDMS, RDMS

Community Advocate Winner

“She is shaping the next generation of sonographers and patient care.”

“Hayley is a resolute and enthusiastic advocate for marginalized communities, patient access to equitable healthcare, and mental health for both patients and healthcare workers.”

“She embodies the true spirit of giving back, and making a lasting and positive impact on the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.”

Congratulations to the 2023 winners!

Make the most well-informed decisions for your healthcare organization.

By understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) and learning how to perform a comparative analysis between cloud-based and on-premises ultrasound reporting solutions, you can make informed decisions that lead to cost savings, ensure the sustainability and financial well-being of your organization, and guide your team in optimizing their workflow.

This White Paper will guide you through a TCO evaluation, enabling you to:

  • Align technology decisions with your goals and resources
  • Remain competitive in an increasingly technology-driven industry
  • Balance cost savings with patient care

What’s inside:

  1. In-Depth Analysis: A comprehensive comparison of cloud-based and on-premises ultrasound reporting solutions, allowing you to make an informed decision for your healthcare institution.
  2. Understanding TCO: A clear explanation of TCO and why it’s a crucial factor in healthcare decision-making, helping you manage your budget effectively.
  3. Cost Breakdown: A breakdown of TCO into four key categories, enabling you to assess costs related to hosting, data safety, accessibility, and hardware maintenance.
  4. Clear Verdict: A definitive conclusion on which solution is the more cost-effective choice, saving you time and resources.

October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness for the role of diagnostic sonography in healthcare and help inform and educate on the growing usage and importance of ultrasound as a vital medical tool. 

“MUAM is a joint effort of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), and Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).” (ARDMS

We’ve gathered some resources and content to help celebrate MUAM and the sonographers who are vital to the world of ultrasound.  

Industry Resources, Information, and Ways to Celebrate MUAM

  • The SDMS’ ​202​​​3 MUAM theme ​is “​Images from the Inside Out” Learn More 
  • How can sonographers and future sonographers participate in MUAM? Learn More 
  • The ARDMS photo submission campaign Learn More 
  • SVU vascular ultrasound awareness and content (check out the spooky wallpaper!)  Learn More 
  • ASE cardiovascular ultrasound education and awareness Learn More 

There are so many amazing social pictures, infographics, and social content to share from the links above. Make sure to tag us on LinkedIn and Instagram so we can like and share your posts! 

More Resources for Sonographers

  • Watch the Wellness Forum to learn how to help prevent and alleviate physical and mental pain. 

MUAM provides an opportunity to celebrate ultrasound technology and professionals, and the extraordinary impact they make on modern medicine. Their roles are physically and mentally demanding, working through extended hours and tight timelines. So let’s each make sure to give ultrasound professionals a big THANK YOU for everything they do!

From small practices to large health systems, optimizing reimbursements through accurate clinical documentation is essential for financial health, sustainability, and growth. It also plays a critical role in maintaining compliance with regulations and providing high-quality patient care. 

Learn how to optimize reimbursements from your exams and ensure the financial health and sustainability of your organization by evaluating these four key areas related to ultrasound documentation. 

1. Accuracy of Documentation  

Prioritize comprehensive, clear, and precise documentation.  

Accurate and comprehensive documentation of ultrasound procedures is essential for optimizing your billing practices. By ensuring precise documentation, you minimize the risk of claim denials and audits.  

It’s crucial each ultrasound report clearly describes and outlines the type of examination, findings, measurements, interpretations, and any associated diagnoses. Inadequate or ambiguous documentation can result in coding errors, claim denials, and delays in reimbursement, impacting the overall financial health of your organization.  

Accurate documentation also lays the foundation for effective charge capture by ensuring that all the services performed during the ultrasound procedure are clearly recorded.  

2. Effective Charge Capture and Reconciliation  

Ensure all services rendered are billed appropriately with timely and accurate charge reconciliation.  

Effective charge capture involves accurately recording and reconciling all billable ultrasound services and includes not only the main ultrasound procedure, but also additional services that were completed during the examination.  

Failing to capture charges appropriately can result in lost revenue, billing errors, claim denials, and compliance issues. To ensure effective charge capture, healthcare organizations should implement processes, technologies, and quality assurance measures to minimize errors.  

Timely and accurate charge capture will maximize efficiency by ensuring that all billable services are properly recorded and billed. Additionally, streamlined workflows and reduced administrative burden will free up resources to focus on other priorities.  

3. Compliance of Coding and Billing  

Ensure compliance with coding guidelines and regulations.  

Proper coding and billing practices prevent underbilling and overbilling, which could lead to significant losses, legal issues, and penalties. Compliance with coding guidelines is also crucial for maintaining trust with patients and payers.  

Ultrasound procedures have specific Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that must be assigned correctly based on the documentation. Compliance with relevant coding and billing rules, such as National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and local coverage determinations (LCDs), helps prevent claim denials and audits.  

Properly coded and billed claims also provide reliable data for financial analysis. This data is invaluable in identifying revenue trends, potential areas for improvement, and strategic decision-making opportunities to enhance your organization’s financial performance.  

  

4. Ongoing Staff Education and Training  

Improve departmental efficiency with ongoing training and education. 

Providing ongoing training and education to staff is crucial for maintaining a well-informed and efficient department. They should be familiar with coding and billing guidelines, documentation requirements, insurance policies, and any updates or changes in regulations.   

Also ensure that staff have access to reliable support and receive thorough onboarding and training for the technology you leverage. Properly trained staff are more likely to accurately capture charges, reduce errors, and contribute to departmental efficiency within a more financially efficient department.  

By addressing these areas and implementing technology to help automate coding and correct errors, ultrasound departments can enhance their processes to optimize reimbursements, ensure financial sustainability, and improve patient care.  

Nasrin Benion, MBA, RDMS, knows the ins and outs of maintaining a successful MFM department, having managed 8 clinical sites in her career as a leader and sonographer.

Her experience driving key initiatives that supported her department’s financial success, and keen knowledge of physician, sonographer, surgeon, and administrative needs have given her an invaluable understanding of the difference that implementing the right technology makes for clinicians.

Watch as Nasrin shares her journey from using AS Software to joining the team, why she is so passionate about the value of AS Software for alleviating the pain points of clinicians, and her commitment to AS Software customers.