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Telemedicine : Reasons for growth

Telemedicine has many facets. It is the use of remote diagnosis of patients via HIPAA compliant technology. This method allows patients to be evaluated at a distance and diagnosis provided in a timely fashion. This is utilized mostly in rural areas where subspecialties are not available or medical evaluations in urban areas are done but don’t require to be in person.

At Advanced Telemed Inc we provide reports to multiple specialties. It starts with radiology, neurology, audiology, psychiatry, CGX testing (Cancer Genomic testing).

The global telemedicine market is approximately at $24.9 billion and is seen to rise at 18% per annum.

Some of the drivers of this market are:

–       The telemedicine market is fueled by the growth of home care market and the decrease in hospital visits

–       Increase in geriatric population

–       Increase in rich technologies where accurate diagnosis are done remotely

–       Lack of working patients unable to go to doctors to complete their evaluations and would rather do it from the comfort of their home.

–       Large MCO and health insurance companies have the ability to see more patients than in the past Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina (CCP), installation of telehealth program allows them to see a double number of patients that they saw in the past.

Teleradiology: Then and Now

In 2018 there are approximately 34,000 radiologists in the United States. This number has significantly grown from 27,906 radiologists in 1995. Radiology is now a favored medical profession and is one of the highest paying in the industry. During the course of 22 years radiology has also taken a huge turn in the way the reports are created and provided.

Currently, a large portion of studies is read via teleradiology. Teleradiology is the transmission of radiological images via a secure virtual private network (VPN) from the medical facility (imaging center, hospital, mobile clinic, urgent care center, etc.) to our server. From the server, the images are accessed via our PACS and American Board Certified radiologists read the studies. The reports are then delivered electronically to our client facilities.

In the 1990s it was typical for radiologists in a particular imaging center or hospital to report for only one location. Now, with the help of teleradiology, radiologists can be at a hospital office or their home office and report to multiple centers. Each radiologist has been able to increase their reading efficiency and volume significantly, which helps to keep radiologist compensation high in the midst of falling reimbursements.

Between 2005 and 2010, we saw the teleradiology market starting to mature and consolidate, with many teleradiology companies acquiring others. Now, in 2018, the industry is mature and saturated with numerous teleradiology groups, large and small, vying for new opportunities to read. As competition has increased the fee per study has significantly dropped, creating a great environment for imaging facilities to grow their business. Imaging facilities know that there are many teleradiology providers in the market, which allows them to be very selective about the provider they choose to work with. Advanced Telemed Services has the advantage of being able to offer the reading service, bundled with the PACS, fast turnaround times, excellent support, and easy physician access. We have been in teleradiology for over a decade and have a proven record of great service.

For more information about our services, please contact us at 855-933-3600. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sleep Studies and Telemedicine

Sleep is a key factor in determining good health, which in turn is a barometer for good mood. Disturbed sleep can affect us the entire next day. Sleeplessness is considered to be a high indicator of suicide in youths. It causes depression and a feeling of being low, and as a result doesn’t allow the person to function normally. Also, increasing work stress reduces the amount and quality of sleep that people get, creating a negative cycle of unwellness.

The American Psychiatric Association also indicates that sleep deprivation increases the risk of being suicidal. “A total of 96 percent of participants (n=48) endorsed a suicide-attempt history. Mean actigraphy values revealed objectively disturbed sleep parameters; 78 percent endorsed clinically significant insomnia and nightmares, according to the study. Specifically, actigraphy-defined variability in sleep timing, insomnia, and nightmares predicted increases in suicidal ideation, the study found.” Blake, J. (2017, August 1). Sleep Disturbances May Increase Suicide Risk In Young Adults. Retrieved from http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.pn.2017.8a4

At Advanced Telemed Services sleep medicine specialists evaluate sleep studies through telemedicine. If the studies are completed overnight, the sleep studies determine any unusual conditions leading to sleep deprivation.

Also, Advanced Telemed Services’ psychiatrists help patients with depression, a major cause of sleep deprivation, via telepsychiatry. For more information about how we can help, please contact us at 855-933-3600.

Tele-echocardiography

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Telemedicine, a branch of healthcare is expanding globally due to the increase in the number of e-patients.  Technologies have such a great influence on our day-to-day life that we all are constantly engaged with laptops, smart phones and are 24/7 online.  Now a day, electronic devices can connect to both wireless computer networks as well as to wireless telephone networks, enabling independent access to patient data wherever you are in the globe.  With the use of internet and cloud technology, many remote areas who have limited access to healthcare are connected to healthcare facilities and treatment is provided by reducing travel time.

The demand for tele-echocardiography, one of areas of telemedicine is increasing with hospitals, imaging centers, mobile clinics.  Tele-echocardiography is becoming the integrated part of clinical available echocardiography tool set.  Together with several key advancements within echocardiography itself, now there is accelerating specific need for tele-echocardiography.  With the use of HIPAA compliant transfer of images, echocardiograms are sent via the internet through an established VPN.

What are Echocardiograms (Echo)?

 Echocardiogram (Echo) is the widely utilized, non-invasive, standardized cardiovascular imaging modality.  With the use of high-pitched sound waves, it produces images of the heart.  Echocardiograms can depict the cardiac structure and function and help in detection and management of many types of heart disease.  In tele-echocardiography, the images of the heart (Echo) are sent electronically to the cardiologists sitting in a healthcare facility.  Based on them cardiologists interpretation of the images, and provide the diagnosis and plan further treatment.  The addition of echocardiograms to the clinical evaluation significantly increases diagnostic accuracy, reduces unwanted diagnostic and treatment referrals.  However, tele-echocardiography requires specialist expertise in the areas of image acquisition and interpretation.  Integration of web-based remote monitoring, expert interpretation of stored images allows efficient healthcare delivery to remote areas.  This helps in optimizing cardiovascular health outcomes in communities.

 Tele-echocardiography in Advanced TeleMedservices

Advanced TeleMedservices has experienced and expert cardiologists in Arizona and all 50 states who can read and interpret echoes.

What services are Advanced TeleMedservices offer?

  • Quality reads and interpretation by the specialists
  • Safe, fast and on-time service
  • Board certified cardiologists and radiologists
  • Latest tele-echocardiography and teleradiology technology

We sent echoes electronically via DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) image mechanisms that are capable of showing dynamic cardiac information such as echocardiography examinations.

  • Image viewing support cine loops and tech sheets for real-time display of the echocardiography images.
  • HIPAA compliant tele-echocardiography software and maintain patient confidentiality
  • Affordable and accessible care

If you want to know more about our services or have any queries, you can contact Advanced Telemedservices, your healthcare partner at 855-933-3600 or info@advancedtelemedservices.