Eclipse Presents a Hand-Held Imaging Device to Help Monitor Breast Health
Written by Karen Sohl of Eclipse Breast Health Technologies
The Eclipse is a safe at-home, easy to use hand-held imaging device that enables consumers to perform a self-administered breast exam to detect breast abnormalities. It is up to five times more sensitive than the human hand; therefore resulting in improving the effectiveness of a tactile examination and giving women comfort and peace of mind of their breast health status between mammography visits. This is the world’s first personal handheld device that creates digital images for women and their health care providers to monitor and help identify potential problems, resulting in early detection by being able to “see” what can’t be felt.
It is estimated that that nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S. alone. “Providing an effective means of early detection that leads to early treatment is essential in the fight against breast cancer,” said Ken Wright founder and CEO of Eclipse Breast Heath Technologies. “I am deeply motivated to make a better future for my wife and daughter and generations of women ahead. The Eclipse is a powerful tool that puts breast health in the hands of women to simply monitor their own breast health to detect change or abnormalities early.”
The funds raised through Indiegogo will help Eclipse move their working prototypes into beta pilot production that will put Eclipse into the hands of 1,000 woman by Q1 2014 to get critical user feedback that will help improve the Eclipse and drive its full production in Q4 2014. Wright said, “The goal is to have Eclipse in the hands of more than a million woman by the end of 2015 and beyond 20 million within five years. We also want to create and distribute thousands of community kits for developing countries by the end of 2015 and hundreds of thousands within five years.”
The company will also be working to expand on its advanced technology with plans to make it available to the medical community to help radically improve current mammography systems and to develop programs to empower woman and their doctors to work together to deliver the most comprehensive breast health systems.
About the Eclipse Product Family
The Eclipse product family is an ecosystem that monitors, evaluates, warns and supports women consumers and their physicians through innovation technology, a service built on modern cloud computing infrastructure and a social network with rapid viral expansion potential. The complete solution includes:
1. The Eclipse at-home easy-to-use breast self-examination imaging device
2. The Pink Cloud - A social network that provides an ecosystem for access to the consumers data, analysis and collective insight from other participants
3. An Image Review Service that uses the latest in computer – assisted screening.
The Eclipse combines patent-pending imaging and sensor technology into a simple and safe system that enables women to easily monitor their breast health. The Eclipse uses no radiation or invasive technology, so women are able to use the Eclipse as often as they like without any risk of side effects. Scans are done by applying moderate pressure while sliding the device in an overlapping pattern across the breast to produce a series of high-resolution deep-tissue images. These images are then automatically stitched back together to create one whole image of each breast for easy reviewing.
Images are created with TransPhotonic technology, a technology inspired by Ken Wright while co-engineering a system for US Navy submarines to “see” in murky-water and identify targeted objects and obstructions down to a molecular level. TransPhotonic technology uses the combination of sensors and low-level photons that closely mimic the human touch. The sensors are up to 5 times more sensitive than fingers, enabling the Eclipse to discover and capture images of small masses that could otherwise go undetected in a traditional manual self-exam.
“I believe this is a great advancement for breast cancer and perhaps beyond to other areas of the body,” said Dr. Han Chiu MD, Stanford School of Medicine. “It’s as safe as using your own finger tips only much more sensitive and effective. There hasn’t been anything like this for breast health which gives me as a physician quantifiable data to be more objective while also adding to better patient interaction.”
To view the images captured by Eclipse, users transfer the images to the Eclipse software on a computer or to a user’s Pink Cloud account. Users can do this by connecting the Eclipse with a USB cable or wireless connection.
The Pink Cloud
The Pink Cloud is a networked breast health social ecosystem of Eclipse users. When a user activates their Eclipse, they automatically receive a Pink Cloud account. This service streamlines a women’s ability to monitor her breast health. Images generated using the Eclipse are automatically uploaded to her personal, private account. Depending on the user’s preference, each women may choose to keep her images private, share them with her doctor or anonymously share them with other members of the Pink Cloud community.
Pink Cloud is a safe, anonymous, member-only community. It brings together the combined wisdom of women who have taken control of their breast health. Once logged in women can:
· Access a secure area to upload and store scans directly from Eclipse. Once uploaded they can share their scans with their doctor or subscribe to the Eclipse automated image review service in which imaging software and medical experts provide an analysis of their scans
· Schedule automatic email and text reminders about self-exams
· Join our social network where users can learn and share advice on how to better use the Eclipse, promote good breast-health practices and inspire other women to be proactive about their breast health.
· Users can also download iPhone and Android apps for their smart phone and tablets to access their Pink Cloud anytime.
The Eclipse Image Review Service
The Image Review Service utilizes both clinical and computer-assisted tools to provide professional tracking of a women’s Eclipse or digital breast self-exams. The subscription-based service analyses the uploaded image data, tracks abnormal features and makes recommendations to further seek medical attention. In addition, the service can work with the woman’s physician to provide time-sensitive data either by generating regular reports or by having the doctor’s office access images uploaded on the Pink Cloud directly.
Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo
More information about contributing to the campaign can be found at http://igg.me/at/eclipsebreasthealth/x/4229628
A sampling of Perks for an individual who contributes range from $25 - $500, which starts with your name on our thank you wall, to a T-shirt, all the way to getting to be the first to experience and own Eclipse. There is also a VIP perk at $ 1,000 and a Sponsor perk at $3,000. Our goal is to raise $650,000 in 45 days. For more information and details on our complete offering of Perks can be found on our Indiegogo campaign site at http://igg.me/at/eclipsebreasthealth/x/4229628.
About Eclipse Breast Health Technologies Inc.
Eclipse Breast Health Technologies Inc., is developing noninvasive systems that are used to detect early signs of breast cancer. We are committed to offering solutions that result in saving lives and dramatically improving the quality of life for thousands, and we hope millions, of woman around the world. We want it accessible by making it affordable and easy to use because we know this will have even a greater impact on the lives of so many woman and those who love them. More information can be found our website www.eclipsebreasthealth.com
About the Author
Karen Sohl is the Media Contact for Eclipse Breast Health Technologies
How UiPath robots are helping with the NHS backlog
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hospitals to have logistical nightmares, as backlogs of surgeries built up as a result of cancellations. The BMJ has estimated it will take the UK's National Health Service (NHS) a year and a half to recover.
However software robots can help, by automating computer-based processes such as replenishing inventory, managing patient bookings, and digitising patient files. Mark O’Connor, Public Sector Director for Ireland at UiPath, tells us how they deployed robots at Mater Hospital in Dublin, saving clinicians valuable time.
When Did Mater Hospital implement the software robots - was it specifically to address the challenges of the pandemic?
The need for automation at Mater Hospital pre-existed the pandemic but it was the onset of COVID-19 that got the team to turn to the technology and start introducing software robots into the workflow of doctors and nurses.
The pandemic placed an increased administrative strain on the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) department at Mater Hospital in Dublin. To combat the problem and ensure that nurses could spend more time with their patients and less time on admin, the IPC deployed its first software robots in March 2020.
The IPC at Mater plans to continue using robots to manage data around drug resistant microbes such as MRSA once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
What tasks do they perform?
In the IPC at Mater Hospital, software robots have taken the task of reporting COVID-19 test results. Pre-automation, the process created during the 2003 SARS outbreak required a clinician to log into the laboratory system, extract a disease code and then manually enter the results into a data platform. This was hugely time consuming, taking up to three hours of a nurse’s day.
UiPath software robots are now responsible for this task. They process the data in a fraction of the time, distributing patient results in minutes and consequently freeing up to 18 hours of each IPC nurse’s time each week, and up to 936 hours over the course of a year. As a result, the healthcare professionals can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on repetitive tasks and admin work.
Is there any possibility of error with software robots, compared to humans?
By nature, humans are prone to make mistakes, especially when working under pressure, under strict deadlines and while handling a large volume of data while performing repetitive tasks.
Once taught the process, software robots, on the other hand, will follow the same steps every time without the risk of the inevitable human error. Simply speaking, robots can perform data-intensive tasks more quickly and accurately than humans can.
Which members of staff benefit the most, and what can they do with the time saved?
In the case of Mater Hospital, the IPC unit has adopted a robot for every nurse approach. This means that every nurse in the department has access to a robot to help reduce the burden of their admin work. Rather than spending time entering test results, they can focus on the work that requires their human ingenuity, empathy and skill – taking care of their patients.
In other sectors, the story is no different. Every job will have some repetitive nature to it. Whether that be a finance department processing thousands of invoices a day or simply having to send one daily email. If a task is repetitive and data-intensive, the chances are that a software robot can help. Just like with the nurses in the IPC, these employees can then focus on handling exceptions and on work that requires decision making or creativity - the work that people enjoy doing.
How can software robots most benefit healthcare providers both during a pandemic and beyond?
When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, software robots were deployed to lessen the administrative strain healthcare professionals were facing and give them more time to care for an increased number of patients. With hospitals around the world at capacity, every moment with a patient counted.
Now, the NHS and other healthcare providers face a huge backlog of routine surgeries and procedures following cancellations during the pandemic. In the UK alone, 5 million people are waiting for treatment and it’s estimated that this could cause 6,400 excess deaths by the end of next year if the problem isn’t rectified.
Many healthcare organisations have now acquired the skills needed to deploy automation, therefore it will be easier for them to build more robots to respond to the backlog going forwards. Software robots that had been processing registrations at COVID test sites, for example, could now be taught how to schedule procedures, process patient details or even manage procurement and recruitment to help streamline the processes associated with the backlog. The possibilities are vast.
The technology, however, should not be considered a short-term, tactical and reactive solution that can be deployed in times of crisis. Automation has the power to solve systematic problems that healthcare providers face year-round. Hospital managers should consider the wider challenge of dealing with endless repetitive work that saps the energy of professionals and turns attention away from patient care and discuss how investing in a long-term automation project could help alleviate these issues.
How widely adopted is this technology in healthcare at the moment?
Automation was being used in healthcare around the world before the pandemic, but the COVID-19 outbreak has certainly accelerated the trend.
Automation’s reach is wide. From the NHS Shared Business Service in the UK to the Cleveland Clinic in the US and healthcare organisations in the likes of Norway, India and Canada, we see a huge range of healthcare providers deploying automation technology.
Many healthcare providers, however, are still in the early stages of their journeys or are just discovering automation’s potential because of the pandemic. I expect to see the deployment of software robots in healthcare grow over the coming years as its benefits continue to be realised globally.
How do you see this technology evolving in the future?
If one thing is certain, it’s that the technology will continue to evolve and grow over time – and I believe there will come a point in time when all processes that can be automated, will be automated. This is known as the fully automated enterprise.
By joining all automation projects into one enterprise-wide effort, the healthcare industry can tap into the full benefits of the technology. This will involve software robots becoming increasingly intelligent in order to reach and improve more processes. Integrating the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into automation, for example, will allow providers to reach non-rule-based processes too.
We are already seeing steps towards this being taken by NHS Shared Business Service, for example. The organisation, which provides non-clinical services to around two-thirds of all NHS provider trusts and every clinical commissioning organisation in the UK, is working to create an entire eco-system of robots. It believes that no automation should be looked at in isolation, but rather the technology should stretch across departments and functions. As such, inefficiencies in the care pathway can be significantly reduced, saving healthcare providers a substantial amount of time and money.