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Table 1 Global POCUS educational innovations in COVID-19

From: Global point-of-care ultrasound education and training in the age of COVID-19

Modality Advantages Challenges Recommended solutions
Tele-ultrasound Synchronous and asynchronous learning and feedback for trainees
Multiple platforms for usage including but not limited to cell phones, Philips Lumify IIT’s Reacts platform, Butterfly TeleGuidance
Use of artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) for real-time guidance on probe placement and optimizing image quality
Cost of internet and software for tele-ultrasound
Baseline heavy workload on trainees
Lack of time support for remote faculty
Subsidize stable and reliable internet service to trainees including cell phone service and subscription to tele-ultrasound platforms
Consider low broad-band alternatives for tele-ultrasound
Provide protected educational time for trainees and incentivize learning
Provide faculty support, e.g., protected time to engage in tele-consults
Video-conferencing Cost saving for experts and learners including no need to travel
Recorded instructional and didactic videos
Communal bidirectional learning and formation of new partnerships
Unstable internet
Different time zones between experts and learners
Subsidize stable and reliable internet
Consider low-cost web-based conferencing
Turn off live-video feature during live sessions for low broad-band connections
Advanced scheduling of speakers asking for date and time preferences