How Teleradiology Service is Redefining Patient Care in Hospitals

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February 11, 2016

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Henry Barmer, a 45 years old accountant, had the worst headache of his life. The pain was so excruciating that as soon as he arrived at the hospital, emergency room doctor attending the case suspected a cerebral hemorrhage and ordered a CT (computed tomography) scan of Barmer’s brain.

It was around 9 p.m. on a Friday night, and like many hospitals in the US, the facility didn’t have an in-house radiologist to interpret the results of the scan. Hence, the hospital contracted a third party service provider. In what is popularly known as teleradiology, the hospital took the digital copies of the CT scans and sent it to a remotely located radiologist for inference.  The radiologist ruled out a hemorrhage but found a mass, possibly a tumor, in Barmer’s left temporal lobe. The doctor quickly acted on the report and initiated a surgery, which saved Barmer’s life.

This is not an isolated incident. Thanks to the timely interpretation of radiology reports through reliable teleradiology services, hospitals are now in a better position to save lives.

Besides the life-saving feature, tele-radiology offers other tangible benefits such as-

Reduces costs: Teleradiology service can offer cost savings of up to 40%

Offers faster diagnostics: Teleradiology services offers instantaneous viewing of medical imaging results, which goes a long way in delivering faster patient care

Improves consultation: Radiologist and subspecialty radiologists can view medical image remotely and collaborate with the physician to derive the best treatment for the patient

Help combat shortage of radiologists: For hospitals facing severe crunch in radiology staff, teleradiology services comes as a blessing in disguise as they can eliminate the need to maintain a separate team of radiologists. In the process hospitals can reduce administrative overheads.

Provide weekend, emergency, holiday and after hour’s services: Teleradiology services are essentially designed on a round the clock model. Hence hospitals can utilize this branch of telemedicine at any time

Improve patient care in rural areas: Teleradiology services can play a pivotal role in improving the quality of patient care in rural areas. Small rural hospitals that can’t afford to have a radiologist can send their patient images to teleradiology service providers and get quick interpretation of medical images

In spite of all these advantages, many hospitals are still hesitant to opt for teleradiology services. The fear of quality and confidentiality is keeping them away from the entering the fray. However, there is nothing to worry if you have a reliable partner on board. We are pioneer in the industry, with years of experience in offering teleradiology services to hospitals from all corners of the globe. By partnering with leading radiologists, medical groups, hospitals, diagnostic centers and other global entities, we provide teleradiology services of the highest order, 24 hours, a day; 7 days a week; and 365 days of the year.

Our teleradiology services are molded around the principle of timely, reliable and customized reporting at an affordable price. Hospitals or healthcare practices that need to interpret radiographic images or seek consultation, first send the images from site of acquisition to us through secure virtual private networks. These radiographic images are captured at our central reporting hub and are then transferred to our certified radiologists through the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) network, wherein these images are interpreted and reported back to the client.

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