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Cardiac POCUS for COVID-19 patient management

Caption Health is deploying Caption AI to help fight COVID-19 by enabling frontline healthcare providers to quickly and accurately perform ultrasound exams, reducing personnel exposure and stretching limited resources.

Reach out for more information on our COVID-19 efforts.


Empowering frontline healthcare providers

At Caption Health, the health and well-being of patients and healthcare workers is our top priority. We have deployed Caption AI to a number of institutions across the United States to help staff manage COVID-19 patients and equip isolation wards with the ability for more frontline clinicians to perform ultrasound exams at the point of care.

What we’ve learned from our clinical partners

  • Hospitals are preparing for, or already facing, high influxes of patients in need of urgent cardiac assessments. Leading medical societies are calling for echocardiography to be used for patient evaluation and monitoring.
  • Hospital space is in short supply as institutions ramp up isolation wards. Staff are also a limited resource as many begin to fall sick.
  • Echo labs are planning to train ICU attendings, PAs, and nurses who are already interacting with patients to perform focused echo exams in order to reduce exposure to sonographers and limit virus transmission through the hospital. This need has been compounded by a critical shortage of PPE.

How Caption AI can help

Caption AI is a transformational new ultrasound technology that is designed to empower medical professionals—even those without prior experience—to perform ultrasound exams quickly and accurately. By providing real-time guidance, quality assessment, and automated interpretation, Caption AI enables broader use of ultrasound at the point of care.
Limit personnel exposure to COVID-19 by enabling frontline providers to perform echo for isolated patients
Enable quick and accurate assessment of cardiac function to assist in patient management
Stretch limited personnel resources and preserve protective equipment supplies

FDA Expedites Clearance of Caption Guidance to Aid Frontline Healthcare Workers in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of COVID-19 on the heart, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expedited clearance of a Caption AI software update. Following a review of just 25 days (faster than 99% of FDA clearances since 2015), the FDA cleared an updated version of Caption Guidance™—the first and only AI-guided medical imaging acquisition system.

Additionally, an updated version of Caption Interpretation™ has been made available following a recent policy announcement by the FDA aimed at increasing the availability and capability of imaging products needed for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients. Under this policy, Caption AI is the first software that incorporates the parasternal long-axis (PLAX) view into its calculation of EF—a view readily acquired at the point of care by frontline providers.

Cardiac implications of COVID-19
and the role of POCUS

According to guidance from the American College of Cardiology:

  • Patients with underlying cardiovascular disease are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and have a worse prognosis.
  • Acute cardiac complications of COVID-19 include arrhythmia and acute cardiac injury, in addition to other COVID-19 complications. Published and anecdotal reports indicate cases of acute onset heart failure, myocardial infarction, myocarditis, and cardiac arrest.
  • Echocardiography is recommended for patients demonstrating heart failure, arrhythmia, ECG changes, or cardiomegaly.
Additionally, statements from the American Society of Echocardiography support point-of-care cardiac ultrasound (POCUS) performed by clinicians already caring for COVID-19 patients at bedside as an attractive option for assessing and monitoring cardiac function without exposing others or utilizing additional resources.

On-Demand Webinar

Imaging’s Role in COVID-19: A conversation among colleagues

Get a first-hand look at the role of echocardiography in the fight against COVID-19. Access the replay of our recent webinar, moderated by Dr. Randolph Martin (Chief Medical Officer of Caption Health) with leading experts in critical care medicine and cardiology.

Learning to do transthoracic echo—finding the windows and then optimizing your images—is not easy. It's a skill that could take months, if not years, to acquire.

Caption AI has flattened the learning curve.

- Critical Care Physician


Reach out for more information on Caption AI clinical protocols and use cases for COVID-19.