Rural areas have historically lacked sufficient access to radiology services. They’re even less likely to have subspecialists at their disposal. And for radiologists practicing in these areas, they’re often burdened with heavy caseloads and a lack of access to technology that could benefit their patients. In recent years, teleradiology has stepped up to alleviate some of these common pain points in rural areas.
The Benefits of Teleradiology
Teleradiology is more than just a trend that is helping practitioners out during the pandemic. It has for years been in use, particularly in rural areas, where it offers the following benefits:
- Staffing Improvements
Whether it’s a weekend shift you need filled or covering vacationing radiologists, teleradiology can be brought in for around-the-clock services.
- Cost Reduction
Instead of traveling, radiologists can see patient images remotely, filing reports and quickly tackling high-priority cases.
- Quick Diagnostics
Sharedelectronically, images are quickly accessed by the radiologist in charge of the exam. Patients get faster treatment.
- Consultation Upgrades
Patients today see many different specialists, which means they all should have a chance to view their images, and with teleradiology, this is easily accomplished.
- Constant Coverage
If you have an exam that needs attention, even out of the usual 9-5 hours, teleradiology gives you that flexibility.
Of course, there are many more benefits to adopting this technology and choosing the right vendor will help you gain all the benefits and improvements you’ve been looking for.
A Sustainable Solution
If you’re part of the medical community in a rural area, you can benefit by partnering with a teleradiology vendor through cloud-based services.
When you connect with the right vendor, you’re going to gain access to many tools that will help your workflow and improve your patient satisfaction numbers. For example, the best vendors are bringing analytics to their solutions, giving radiologists the strategic analysis and planning they need to be the most effective.
When you have better reporting tools through your vendor, you can import them directly to your local electronic medical records system and electronically deliver them to any destination via HL7.
At OffSite Image Management, our teleradiology solution is called TeleRAD360, and it is a platform that empowers radiologists, imaging facilities, urgent care centers and hospitals. Our built-in tools allow for more efficient and accountable patient care.
If you’ve struggled with accountability issues while using other teleradiology services, we can help you gain exactly that. If you have a priority change on an exam, you no longer have to search for the needle in the haystack to make that change. When you use TeleRAD360, you always know where your exams are throughout the process.
Contact us and learn more about what we can do for you.