In the era of Intellectual Property and making a one billion [insert Dr Evil pinkie finger in corner of mouth] dollars of your amazing idea … an ER doc [and medical student with and engineering background] on a little city in Canada invented something and gave it away for free.
EDUS2 is a way to create a virtual ultrasound to use in simulation cases. This is amazing in terms of increasing the fidelity of sim cases. It’s an innovation that 100% of people out there [including myself] would have tried to make money off. Paul and Paul decided to let others have it for free
What? There’s a catch right? … No…No catch. The EDUS2 blog [click this link] describes the evolution of their idea and how they came to give it away. Knowing Paul O. and speaking to him he is deeply passionate about EDUS and felt that this is too good NOT to share it freely and widely with anyone who wants it.
These guys in Australia describe their experience [click this link] with creating their own version. Even with a free road map, they found challenges and obstacles that highlight the barriers that exist when trying to innovate in healthcare.
Kudos to Paul and Paul for bucking the trend with their incredible invention and even more incredible philanthropy.