CurveBeam was a proud to participate in the effort led by Dr. Bruce Blank, DPM, to promote the podiatric profession during the 24th annual World Scout Jamboree. Held July 22 to August 2, 2019, the World Jamboree hosted over 30,000 coed Scouts from 150 countries across six continents. The event took place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia.
Dr. Blank, in alliance with the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), designed the Podiatric Medical Exhibit to introduce Scouts and young leaders to modern-day Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. The exhibit tent showcased careers in podiatric medicine, engaging young students through hands-on exploration and lively workshop sessions led by DPM volunteers. The Podiatric Medicine Exhibit also allowed students a glimpse at the state-of-the-art technology that will be driving the future of the profession as well.
CurveBeam provided a display at the Podiatric Medicine Exhibit featuring its innovative weight bearing CT technology.
“Weight bearing CT has the potential to spur other technological advances, including biomechanically accurate 3D printed models of the foot and custom pre-operative guides,” said Vinti Singh, Director of Marketing for CurveBeam. ” CurveBeam is ecstatic for the opportunity to play a role in inspiring the next generation of medical innovators.”
The foot & ankle orthopedic specialty in South America is burgeoning as the number of foot and ankle surgeons continues to increase, said Dr. Cristian Ortiz of the Clinica Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.
Click here to download the executive summary for this episode of CurveBeam Connect, featuring Dr. Cristian Ortiz of the Clinica Universidad de los Andes.
“We are growing up in sports, but we’re also growing up in the practice of all the different areas of medicine and medical care, and especially in orthopedic,” Dr. Ortiz said.
For this month’s episode of CurveBeam Connect, director of marketing Vinti Singh sat down with Dr. Ortiz, a noted foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon and vice president of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies (IFFAS). Every month, Singh interviews doctors, patients, and thought leaders in healthcare technology to discuss how weight bearing CT solutions are changing medicine.
In the last five years, Ortiz said he has seen a growing number of foot and ankle surgeons, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia.
“Right now in Chile, we have 60 foot and ankle surgeons who are well-trained or formally trained in the States or Europe,” Dr. Ortiz said. “So it’s a pretty good number for an 18-million-people country.”
More orthopedic surgeons mean an improved level of care and skill for the specialty, he said.
“Medicine is practiced in different ways depending on where you are, which depends on your financial support, level of expertise, and sometimes even if you have the same training, people do things differently,” Dr. Ortiz said.
Dr. Ortiz is preparing for the next meeting of the IFFAS 2020 in Vina del Mar, Chile, where 1,400 surgeons will meet to discuss weight-bearing CT, sports injuries, total ankle replacements, and other hot topics right now in the foot and ankle surgery.
“So it’s very interesting because when you bring speakers talking about the same subjects, you get different ideas because they come from different parts of the world,” Dr. Ortiz said.
En Abril, el Comité Olímpico de Chile firmo un nuevo acuerdo con la Clínica de la Universidad de los Andes.
La Clínica de la Universidad de Los Andes provee servicios de ortopedia a un gran numero de los mejores miembros del Equipo Olímpico de Chile. El acuerdo consolida un pacto entre el centro medico y el Comité Olímpico Chileno, nombrando la clínica como el Centro de Recuperación Oficial del Equipo de Chile.
Seleccionado por el sobresaliente cuidado que su equipo medico le provee a atletas profesionales y de élite, la Clínica de la Universidad de los Andes realizara consultas, exámenes, procedimientos, cirugías, y tratamiento traumatologico.
La Clínica invierte en la tecnología necesaria para que esto sea posible, uniéndose a CurveBeam para darle a los atletas acceso a LineUp, una solución bilateral para las tomografías, que toma imágenes de las rodillas y extremidades inferiores en 3D.
Utilizando esta tecnología, los cuidados de la Clínica tendrán un enfoque muy personal y humano con el atleta/paciente y su familia, ayudando a simplificar los cuidados médicos y el proceso de recuperación de los atletas nacionales de Chile.
Rodrigo Rojas, medallista de oro en karate, Rodrigo Toti Miranda, medallista de oro en ski acuático, Diego Moya y Macarena Salazar, medallistas en triatlón, Tomas Briseño, medallista de Judo, así como otros prominentes atletas nacionales buscan diagnosticarse en esta prestigiosa institución.
Ahora los atletas de alto rendimiento del país tienen acceso a un nivel de cuidados que los ayudara a desatollar sus carreras con apoyo medico de clase mundial.
Después de la firma, los atletas hicieron un tour del centro medico y no solo estaban contentos con las instalaciones de primera clase, sino también el hermoso ambiente de la clínica.
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Dr. Bob Baravarian Advocates a Focused Approach to Technology in Healthcare
Dr. Babak (Bob) Baravarian has been at the forefront of technological innovation since the beginning of his career. CurveBeam Marketing Manager Vinti Singh recently had an enlightening conversation with Dr. Baravarian on CurveBeam Connect about his approach to technology in patient care, with an emphasis on the use of the pedCAT weight bearing CT imaging solution.
Click here to download the executive summary for this episode of CurveBeam Connect, featuring Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS.
Dr. Baravarian Embraced Technology from the Beginning of His Career
Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS, is a board-certified podiatric foot and ankle specialist and one of the few foot and ankle surgeons to have both foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle certifications as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He also serves as Editor Emeritus of the international medical journal, Foot and Ankle Specialist.
Dr. Baravarian opened the University Foot & Ankle Institute in Santa Monica, Cali., in 2003 with Dr. Gary Briskin, DPM, FACFAS. The partners wanted to start their own practice so they would have the ability to treat patients from start to finish without outsourcing. Dr. Baravarian says, “We wanted to make sure we offered state-of-the-art care, and the patient was able to get everything done in a cost-efficient, appropriate manner. That’s what drove the innovation.” The practice was paperless from day one, and was one of the first in the country to invest in podiatric digital X-Ray technology. They now have 10 locations, offering their own physical therapy, surgery, MRI, and CT scans in-house.
Weight Bearing CT Scans Offer a Number of Benefits
University Foot and Ankle was also one of the first podiatric practices in the country to get a pedCAT weight bearing CT system. “We knew the pedCAT was going to be a significant benefit to patients and a significant benefit for us in being able to take care of patients better,” says Dr. Baravarian. The decision came down to three criteria. Was this something that will benefit the patient? Would it allow them to practice better? And does the payment of the machine compared to payments from insurance make sense? The pedCAT checked all three boxes.
Taking the Practice to Another Level
The intangibles were just as important, Dr. Baravarian says. “From a marketing standpoint, the idea of having a weight bearing CT scanner that does 3D renderings of the foot and allows for proper analysis of the foot is something that sets you apart.” When a patient is referred to a practice for a 3D scan of their foot and is then able to see those images live – rotated and in multiple planes – they better understand what’s wrong with their foot. A 3D CT scan also changes the practice because it allows doctors to have as much information as possible when caring for a patient, so that they can offer the absolute best care with the least risk. “I think that’s a really important part of being able to grow your practice substantially and offer best practices to patients,” says Baravarian, adding, “It just takes your practice to another level.”
A Better Alternative to X-Rays
The University Foot & Ankle Institute uses weight bearing CT scans in complement to X-Ray exams. Dr. Baravarian believes the latter is becoming increasingly obsolete as new and more effective equipment arises. “The two areas where we’re using the pedCAT the most are one, for pre-operative planning and two, for post-operative assessment,” says Dr. Baravarian. For example, he thinks CT scanning is a must for flat foot reconstruction because it allows doctors to see the structure in three dimensions and better determine the nature of the deformity. That enables a doctor to plan surgery and make better decisions. Not a traditional application for CT scanning, but just as useful in Dr. Baravarian’s opinion, is hallux rigidus surgery because it allows the surgeon to have more confidence when creating a game plan, reduces surprises, and saves time during the procedure. And finally, when doing a fusion on any joint, he will get a CT scan before allowing them to become weight bearing. The confidence provided from the information gathered during this 3D view has improved results enormously.
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The Future of Healthcare
Of course, Dr. Baravarian knows technology is only one part of the healthcare equation. Other changes are needed to the system to better serve patients. “What is wrong with our healthcare system is that the dollar is going into the wrong pockets,” Dr. Baravarian says, citing the amount of administration that goes into healthcare. “In both in the hospital setting and the health insurance company setting, you used to have one doctor to four administrators. Now you have one doctor to somewhere around 200 administrators.” He says servicing Medicare patient is easier than servicing a private care patient, because with private insurance companies, you have to jump through hoops, including pre-authorizations and approvals. Dr. Baravarian believes universal healthcare would be cheaper, better, and faster by eliminating many of the inefficiencies in the system, allowing him to reach his goals. “We want to start to grow to 30, 40, 50 locations and so I think of things much more on a larger scale of practice than seeing one patient at a time.”
To listen to the full podcast, visit https://marketscale.com/industries/healthcare/focused-healthcare-technology/. And to find out more about the pedCAT CT Imaging Scanner from CurveBeam, visit https://www.curvebeam.com/products/pedcat/.
CurveBeam’s next FOOTInnovate webinar “Role of WBCT in the Assessment of Pes Cavovarus” will be delivered by Dr. Alessio Bernasconi, MD, on May 22nd at 12 pm CDT.
Register for the webinar today. A FOOTInnovate membership is required, but is complimentary for foot & ankle surgeons and related professions.
Dr. Bernasconi is currently a Foot and Ankle Clinical Fellow at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital of Stanmore, UK. He has served as a Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at St. George’s University Hospital in Tooting, UK, and participated in a Foot and Ankle Research Fellowship & Clinical Observership at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
To view this webinar, you must sign up for a FOOTInnovate account, then register in advance here. Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the session.