Team Toronto Echo Masters – 3rd Place Winner

About Our Project: In recent years, medical curriculums have emphasized the incorporation of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) into medical school as well as many residency programs, emergency, and critical care. This leads to many novice echo users, who may obtain images that suffer from suboptimal image quality and inconsistency, affecting the diagnostic values of the images. Our project aims to build an AI powered real-time assistant tool to help novice users acquire standard echo views with consistent image quality. This tool could help alleviate some of the labor-intensive supervision by another seasoned sonographer or echocardiographer to guide the novice users of echocardiography.

About Our Team:

Chi-Ming Chow, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC, FACC, FASE, DBIM

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow is an attending staff cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has a B.Sc. in computer science from Brown University, a Doctor of Medicine and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from McGill University. He completed his training at McGill University, and then pursued his echocardiography fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University.

Clinically he is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a past president of the Canadian Society of Echo (CSE) and the president of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society. His academic interests include medical informatics, ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease, new technologies in non-invasive imaging and using medical informatics to improve patient care. He has won multiple awards to recognize his teaching and innovation in medical education, and has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and presented in international scientific meetings.

 

Vene Evangelista

Vene Evangelista serves as the lead sonographer in training cardiology residents and fellows in the acquisition of echo images at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he is also a senior tech. He is involved in a research study using echocardiograms to assess hockey players, and coauthored several journal publications. He co-hosted live sonographer sessions at the Canadian Echo Weekend, where interesting cases were presented.

 

 

 

Qinghua Shen, PhD

Dr. Qinghua Shen earned his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo where his research focuses on optimizing resource allocation for e-health systems. During his Ph.D study, he was an intern at Apple, where he developed statistical analysis tools for biomedical signals. Dr. Shen was on the Top 10 list at the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Cup. Dr. Shen and Dr. Chi-Ming Chow founded Cardio Square to develop hemodynamic monitoring solutions to empower physicians to manage critically ill patients in a reliable and risk-free manner.

 

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 ASE@ASEcho.org. 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 IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.