The sonographers continue putting in long hours (and then fall into bed) and will put their thoughts to words tomorrow on the long bus ride back to Delhi. In the meantime, Andrea Van Hoever of the ASE staff (who has very capably organized the reader program in collaboration with the staff at Core Sound Imaging) sent this overview of that program:
Sixty-four ASE physician members with Level II training are reading the focused echocardiograms online from locations worldwide, ranging from major U.S. and Canadian hospitals to overseas facilities located in Bulgaria, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Greece and Italy. Using Core Sound Imaging’s Studycast, the physicians are able to view their assigned studies online and then complete an abbreviated findings report for each patient. The reports are then being rerouted back to India for review by the onsite physicians for follow-up care decisions.
The time zone here is 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern Time. Meals for us come when time permits, but we’ve had some delicious food prepared for us by our local hosts (especially the bread). Our hosts keep us supplied with excellent tea and coffee – heavy on milk and sugar. In fact, they BEG us to drink tea and coffee, bringing it to us in what must be 10-minute intervals and insisting that we drink. My apologies to Starbucks, but I haven’t missed my daily tall skinny cappuccino one bit. I’ve discovered they really do love their sweets in India. And now I’ve discovered Limca …
What I wish I had right now:
More writing pens (they keep disappearing)
Turbo charged Internet
Lights that only go off when you flip the switch
I must say that I was right about the volunteers on this trip. They are smart, professional and kind. And our corporate partners have been like family. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this effort.
Waiting for the guru to arrive
In the Maharaja room
Jennifer at work
Ready for the patients to arrive
Caring for a loved one
Sachkhand Hall where meditation is taught. The male and female wards of the camp are on either side of the hall.
A patient arrives in a bicycle cart
Waiting their turn for echoes. The lines got very long!
Uploading images with Studycast
Vscan devices being uploaded
A cast of colorful characters entered our lives
Conferring on an image
Patiently waiting for his echo