This Device Will Change Healthcare Forever | Inc.

This Device Will Change Healthcare Forever | Inc.

– Imagine a scenario where
you could have a device, you have a pain in your
child's stomach or abdomen, you could just point the
device, press a button, the image is acquired and
sent to your physician via your cellphone and within five minutes
your physician can tell you if there's a major issue or not. – [Narrator] Butterfly Network, a tech start up located in
quiet Guildord, Connecticut is on the verge of
revolutionizing healthcare around the world. Founded in 2011 by serial
entrepreneur, Jonathon Rothberg, Butterfly is working on
making the ultrasound accessible to the masses. – I've seen the birth
of parental nutrition, the evolution of antibiotics, balloon angioplasty and stenting. There's so many changes that I've seen. I've never seen anything quite like this. – [Narrator] The device,
called the Butterfly IQ, can plug directly into an
iPhone and opens through an app, a significant upgrade from the current ultrasound technology. – A typical ultrasound system
that you might find today would be anywhere from
25,000, to 100, to 200,000 for the most sophisticated systems. They look almost like the
cockpit of an airplane. This device is under $2,000,
so you're a tenth of the price of even the most affordable
device before us. – [Narrator] To create the Butterfly IQ, engineers had to cram all of the existing ultrasound technology
onto a tiny silicone chip. – Ultrasound technology
has been in clinical use since the late 60's. And since that time it's
actually been based off the same fundamental hardware technology. – [John] So they have
these miniaturized drums, that sit on a silicone chip, that vibrate, and there are almost 9,000 of them that can be individually controlled. – Each of the rectangles on this wafer is a complete ultrasound system and ultimately it goes into
the head of the device, and so the entirety of the ultrasound cart and the manufacturing process have been shrunk down to what
you see here on the table. – It gives us the ability
to make instant decisions, which is critically
important in some situations. And I can tell you, as a vascular
surgeon fixing aneurysms, the minutes that you
save are the difference sometimes between winning
and losing that battle. – [Narrator] Before the device
was even approved by the FDA it had already saved a life. John's. – We were in the process
of getting FDA clearance for our devices, doing the testing, and I noticed a little bit of fullness under the corner of my jaw, and under normal circumstances
I would have just ignored it, sometimes you get the nodes in your neck, I had a little cold. But I realized, "I have an entire imaging
system sitting in my hand." I plugged the probe into my
phone, put it up to my neck, and there was that moment of, "Uh-oh," and I was able to see a large mass that was hiding underneath
the angle of my neck. I utilized our cloud, if you will, sent the image to my doctor,
who looked at it and said, "You need to come home, we
need to take a look at this." And as it turns out, it
was metastatic cancer from the base of my tongue. So, if you want to look at
the history of Butterfly, I'm patient number one. – [Narrator] The device
is already available to medical professionals. The longterm goal is putting
it in the hands of patients around the globe. And one of the challenges is protecting the psychological well being of the user. – We don't want someone
looking at home and go, "Oh my God, what's that?" – For a lay person, or somebody
using this device at home, you would not be seeing your internals or the traditional image. By doing this we can
ensure that our patients have confidence and feel
secure in the use of the device and that they know that
on the receiving end there's a professional that
has the ability to interpret and understand what's going on. – [Narrator] Butterfly
Network is still developing the user interaction for
patients, making sure it's safe. Regardless, the company
believes the benefits outweigh the risks. – If you look at it, every
90 seconds a lady dies from complications of
childbirth over in Africa. Instantly that's changed
when healthcare workers have this device in hand. Think about this through history. Where does the thermometer start? It started in hospitals. They weren't in the home and
they made their way home. Where were blood pressure cuffs? They were only in the hospital, you went to the doctor to
check your blood pressure. Now you can do it at the corner drugstore. I'm pretty confident that we
can follow in that pathway and be very responsible with ultrasound and do exactly …

6 thoughts on “This Device Will Change Healthcare Forever | Inc.”

  1. Very good initiative. I would suggest the developer to develop AI so that the app can give auto diagnosis. Anything that can be done to remove the doctor from the equation.

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