GUILFORD, Conn., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Butterfly Network and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) are joining forces to transform the use of ultrasound within cardiology using the Butterfly iQ+. Earlier this week, Butterfly announced the release of its next-generation ultrasound product, Butterfly iQ+, the world's only single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system that connects to a mobile device and features an integrated telemedicine platform.
An estimated 6.2 million adults in the United States have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Currently, there are more than one million hospitalizations of patients with exacerbation of heart failure, and 25% of those patients are readmitted within 30 days. The ACC and Butterfly Network will attempt to change this by collaborating on a clinical trial that leverages Butterfly's innovative technology for at-home ultrasound scanning.
"Our collaboration with the ACC will help us design clinical trials and care pathways for some of the more challenging heart diseases and accelerate the adoption of point-of-care ultrasound by cardiovascular clinicians," said Dr. John Martin, Butterfly Network's Chief Medical Officer. "One of the key targets is heart failure, with a goal to radically change monitoring. If patients can assess their status at home via AI-guided lung scans with their clinician or care team remotely, we can avoid unnecessary and costly hospital visits. This will also provide patients with more timely intervention, improve quality of care, and improve their quality of life."
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Butterfly Network has long recognized that the key to unlocking the value of ultrasound is to remove the barriers of cost and complexity in traditional systems through innovation. The ACC's strategic investment in Butterfly Network and collaboration on clinical trials will increase access to point-of-care ultrasound in the management of critical cardiovascular diseases.
"Through innovative collaborations like this—directly linking the technology and clinical worlds—the ACC aims to transform cardiovascular care and improve health outcomes," said Dr. John Rumsfeld, ACC's Chief Science and Chief Innovation Officer. "The ACC will work in sync with Butterfly to help guide the scientific evaluation and clinical integration of point-of-care ultrasound in the management of cardiovascular conditions."