2017 was a landmark year in the field of Teleradiology. There are a host of features and technological advancements which are going to cause a paradigm shift in the way business is conducted when it comes to Teleradiology, while ensuring better patient care and overall customer satisfaction.
In the simplest of terms, Teleradiology can be defined as the transmission of radiology images from one place to another to provide hospitals and diagnostic centers with rapid emergency services while reducing existing workload and gathering a second opinion from an expert. It is expected that the global demand for Teleradiology services will peak by 2023. In this article, we will look at some of the latest trends in Teleradiology and how they will affect the healthcare industry over the long run.
Trends in Teleradiology - 6 Ways Teleradiology is Poised to Change the Face of Telemedicine Services
Teleradiology is being referred concurrently with radiology. Today, radiologists working in diagnostic centers, hospitals, private practices, at home, or even on planes which have a suitable internet connection can use their platform to view images and generate radiology reports on the fly. This effect of technological advancements can be seen on every facet of radiology today. Let us have a look at some of the upcoming trends in Teleradiology and how they stand to impact modern day healthcare.
The Omnipresent Cloud
Considered by many as the most rapidly evolving technological phenomenon, the cloud is not only going to impact radiology and healthcare, but many other industries as well. With the help of robust cloud architecture, hospitals and diagnostic centers can now store their images on virtual data centers thereby freeing up vital offline server space. This in turn allows for 3 important benefits -
Reduced infrastructural costs for the healthcare practice as most cloud based software work on a SaaS model
Images can be easily accessed at different places and over different geographies without hassle. Even if a hospital's PACS server goes down, productivity and radiologist access won't take a hit
Physicians would have a more direct and seamless access to patient images as they come in, while being able to reduce the number of unnecessary and duplicate scans. This in turn will save more costs for the practice, the patient as well as the insurance provider
More Intelligent Workflow Management
In the coming future, Teleradiology trends will increasingly transcend the usual PACS and RIS systems and become more effective as well easy to use. Such intelligent workflow management software will go beyond simple image viewing and reporting features and incorporate new smart tools that will route images seamlessly and efficiently across an internet network to the most qualified and readily-available radiologist at that particular time. Such workflow management tools will also have various collaboration tools which would allow radiologists to interact with each other online, or with a clinician to show them the affected area on a CT or MR scan in a virtual environment, and also employ analytical tools which would allow them to be more productive.
Major healthcare reforms have taken US and UK by storm, but at the same time, have also accelerated the trend of consumer-focused healthcare. Teleradiology is already playing a large part in this rapid growth of Consumerization by allowing patients to easily access expert opinions and other related case results online.
Many websites are generating strong consumer-focused interactions by allowing them to meet with radiologists online, upload their original radiological images and save them on a HIPAA-compliant and regulated database for ease of use. Because of such advancements, Teleradiology is allowing millions of patients get a second opinion easily - which will continue to do so in the years to come.
Increased Mobility Solutions
As smartphones are prevalent in today's world, high powered mobile phones and tablets with superior resolution allow Radiologists to conduct business on the go. Such mobility solutions are of increased importance especially for cardiologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists, etc. who have a busy schedule and cannot make themselves available for face-to-face meetings all the time. This also helps patients approach radiologists with ease, especially if they are based in a remote location.
Apart from such convenient applications, there are many apps which are under development for acute strokes and appendicitis, amongst others, which would help Radiologists quickly get in touch with a patient and provide on-the-spot diagnosis.
Customized 3D Report Viewers
3D report viewers, and the way they allow over-the-board access to all and sundry involved during the radiology reporting procedure, marks a landmark change in the field of radiology. All these days, 3D viewing was possible only on high-end work stations accessed by a couple of Radiologists. But today, there are many thin client solutions which are available and permit 3D post processing and viewing of medical reports and images throughout the healthcare practice. Using such thin client 3D viewers, one does need to route data back and forth between multiple servers and workstations, and yet gain the ability to deploy a cost-effective solution for viewing medical images across the healthcare organization, including patients as well.
Flexible and Scalable e-Training Initiatives
One of the biggest challenges being faced in Teleradiology today is the less number of experienced doctors and radiologists available to meet rising patient demand. As a result, we can see a marked increase in how e-Training is conducted to increase the pool of trained radiologists, thereby addressing critical radiologist shortages around the globe. The ease with which one can today set up virtual classrooms and display PowerPoint presentations, deliver lectures, and show educational videos helps many radiologists come together and increase their skills on a daily basis.
In conclusion, these new trends in Teleradiology are largely due to new technological innovations, as a result of which it is considered by many to be the only face of hospital imaging nowadays. According to most experts, Teleradiology is a disruptive force which is causing the lines between traditional radiology and Teleradiology to blur significantly, and the future of such services hints at increasing cooperation, sometimes to the point of consolidation.
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