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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients.

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  • the emergence of personalized medicine and breakthroughs in genomics
  • advances in biopharmaceuticals
  • age related diseases and aging in place
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  • challenges for connected health entrepreneurs

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Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Nick West is the Chief Medical Officer and DVP Global Medical Affairs for Vascular at Abbott.  With the launch of the Ultreon software 1.0, Abbott is bringing a new level of analysis to their Optical Coherence Tomography intracoronary imaging tool.

Nick explains, "And the idea of this software package is, on top of this best-in-class in terms of resolution imaging technology to help physicians, the Ultreon software augments physician decision-making to effectively enable them to do a better job, but more easily." 

"Optical Coherence Tomography already existed. A very powerful tool, as I said. A very high degree of precision and accuracy in measurement. However, one of the issues with OCT is that, as well as understanding how to actually physically use the catheter, which is reasonably straightforward, it's very similar to other devices that interventional cardiologists use, but they then have to learn to interpret the images you get out. So acquiring the pictures is relatively straightforward, but then how do you interpret these detailed pictures?"

"You still need to know how to use the catheter, but the Ultreon 1.0 software uses machine learning algorithms. That's artificial intelligence, if you like, where we've taught the software over hundreds and hundreds of different OCT pictures. We taught it - what is calcification? What is that hardened narrowing? And also, where is what we call the external elastic lamina?"

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