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Trice, NAFTNet partner to study fetal disease with cloud platform for ultrasound

Trice Imaging and The North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) recently announced a collaboration wherein 30 facilities will utilize the Tricefy cloud platform to study fetal diseases through ultrasound, and also develop prenatal interventions to improve outcomes.

The cloud platform allows medical professionals and patients to access medical images from anywhere, and also gives physicians the ability to manage images in the cloud, collaborate with colleagues, share images with patients, interface with EHRs and send encrypted data from an imaging system to any device, such as a phone, tablet or computer.

“Other platforms despite being [cloud-based] can still have some particular requirements around browser versions, JAVA support and other software/IT particulars that make it hard to manage across a diverse population of users,” Aamir Siddiqi, general manager for North America and Emerging Markets at Trice, told HCB News.

According to Dr. Anthony Johnson, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric surgery, and co-director of the fetal center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, NAFTNet wanted to utilize Tricefy to improve research techniques.

When research is conducted, guidelines state that patient information has to be de-identified, and Siddiqi said that the Tricefy software automatically creates black boxes around information that physicians need to de-identify before it goes into the cloud platform.

“The Tricefy platform enables us to easily distribute anonymized data sets to all parties with no complex IT involvement and gather feedback leading us to rapidly move through the research process,” Johnson said in a statement. “Normally, the technical nuances add weeks to months of delay.”

“Our goal with NAFTNet and other research organizations is to enable them with the tools needed to collect, interpret and distribute findings to the health care community that otherwise would have been burdened with manual, cumbersome processes,” said Siddiqi.