Why the Challenge is Now
Patient safety is at risk. Low-cost ultrasound equipment is becoming increasingly prevalent and access to equipment outpaces healthcare providers’ ability to master ultrasound skills to become proficient. The cost and size of ultrasound devices are decreasing dramatically while image quality and fidelity on portable units are increasing. There are now hand-held ultrasound machines that cost 80% less than standard equipment with even lower-priced devices (less than $1,000 USD) in the patent and manufacturing pipelines. Consequently, in the next several years ultrasound technology will be available to millions of healthcare providers worldwide. This escalates the urgency to ensure provider proficiency for patient safety.