Echovation Challenge 2017

After the success of the inaugural competition, ASE’s Innovation Competition Task Force launched Echovation Challenge 2017, which followed a similar structure and timeline. Dr. Partho Sengupta served as Chair this year’s event, which incorporated mentoring and speaker coaching into the process.

The theme for 2017 was ‘Streamlining Diagnostics for Augmented Medical Decision Making,’ which could be any small step in the workflow or in instrumentation, perhaps improvements in hardware or software – whatever accelerates the time to come to a diagnosis, so clinicians can spend more time with patients to personalize a therapy of choice. ASE received neary two dozen submissions from around the world, which were then reviewed and scored by the Innovation Competition Task Force, ultimately selecting five teams to present their projects live during ASE 2017.

The live finals event was held on on June 4, 2017 during the 2017 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore, Maryland, hosted by our superb Emcee, Dr. Randy Martin. Five finalists presented their solutions to a packed audience and an engaging shark tank style Expert Reaction Panel; the event also featured a special Innovation Speaker, Dr. Kapil Parakh.

Explore each of the five finalist teams’ Echovation pages to learn more about their innovative ideas and solutions:

Team ReVISION – 1st Place Winner

Team EchoToday – 2nd Place Winner

Team Diagnostic Guidance – 3rd Place Winner

Team UTMB Health Innovators

Team Architects of Echovation


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ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.