Initial Emergency Ultrasound Credentialing Results for Excela Health using VUD

Bear, DE (Oct. 15, 2011). Emergency Ultrasound Consultants, LLC (EUC), pioneers in emergency/point-of-care ultrasound education, and quality assurance solutions, announces longitudinal results of their premier Virtual Ultrasound Director (VUD) clients; Westmoreland Emergency Medicine Specialists and Excela Health in Pennsylvania.

The Virtual Ultrasound Director (VUD) ProgramTM, powered by Ultralinq and Adobe ConnectTM 8, is a, comprehensive, customizable, virtual training curriculum with ultrasound peer-review, and live webinars. The VUD provides reviews and tracks emergency physician ultrasound scanning to meet the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines and help doctors gain hospital credentialing in emergency ultrasound.

In 2009, Westmoreland Emergency Medicine Specialists and Excela Health selected an EUC 2-Day ultrasound course and their VUD Program to simultaneously train and credential 28 emergency physicians in emergency ultrasound (EUS) using the General Electric (GE) LOGIQ e and wireless uploads to the Ultralinq web-based image management system.

Since May 2009, EUC’s Daniel Morrison, MD, RDMS, served as the Virtual Ultrasound Director for Westmoreland and Excela, working with their onsite EUS Director, Lisa Barr, MD. Over two years, Excela emergency physicians performed over 3,500 emergency ultrasounds that were peer-reviewed with web-based feedback and documentation through the EUC-VUD using Ultralinq.

Currently over 50% of Westmoreland emergency physicians have met or exceeded ACEP Ultrasound Credentialing Guidelines in one application, with 28% of physicians exceeding them in more than one application. These physicians have all successfully obtained hospital credentialing in these ultrasound applications.

At EUC, our clients’ success is our primary focus, Dr. Barr agrees; “Westmoreland Emergency Medicine Specialists needed an efficient and quality program to train our physicians in point-of-care ultrasound. EUC expertly guided us through the first crucial years of ultrasound training, giving specialized onsite instruction to our community physician group, and then providing rapid personal feedback to each physician via their online peer review. The monthly VUD webinars were fantastic, giving case reviews personalized for our group, using ultrasounds we obtained. As each physician met ACEP criteria, EUC confirmed ACEP guidelines were met with a letter to hospital credentials. This made credentialing a smooth and stress free process. EUC gave me the tools to become an effective ultrasound director, teaching me how to run monthly case reviews and QA. EUC was always available to answer any questions we had. EUC Is unparalleled in what it offers in bedside emergency ultrasound training.”

“The EUC-VUD Program is the only comprehensive, web-based, emergency ultrasound training program proven to help emergency physicians obtain hospital credentialing in emergency ultrasound. Our results confirm that our VUD program is a scaleable, practical, valued service for emergency physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems.” states Paul R. Sierzenski, MD, RDMS, President / CEO of EUC.

EUC will be exhibiting their products and services including the VUD at the ACEP Scientific Assembly October 15th-17th, 2011 at the The Moscone Center (South), San Francisco, CA. Booth # 2131.

About EUC: Emergency Ultrasound Consultants, LLC (EUC) (, is a pioneer in point-of-care ultrasound education and quality assurance solutions headquartered near Wilmington, Delaware. The company includes over 25 board-certified physicians who are fellowship trained and nationally certified in ultrasound. EUC has provided physician ultrasound training, educational products, quality assurance and industry consulting since 2002. Contact Ellen Sierzenski, RDCS (COO).

About Ultralinq: UltraLinq Healthcare Solutions, Inc. ( is a customer-centric, affordable, and web-based medical image reviewing and management service. Through UltraLinq exams can be securely uploaded, reviewed, distributed, and archived from anywhere with Internet access.