Telemedicine for Critical Care

Looking at the current scenario of global health emergency, it is evident that a sudden increase in patients and critical care requirements, shortage of doctors and nurses can be a risk to human lives. When it is about the patients who need critical care, they are always subjected to different kind of treatments and procedures where specialty is needed. If such cases fell short of specialists, it may lead to misfortunes. For this scenario, telemedicine is the best solution to provide critical care when patient is remotely located. Telemedicine facilitates the healthcare delivery for critical care.

Current IT and networking system give this benefit at higher extent. Because of these reasons, hospitals and critical care facilities are reaching to advanced Telemedicine in case of increased patients. There are few additional factors for this. Read on to find out.

Emergency Teleradiology

Life threatening situations like pulmonary disorders, aortic dissection, ruptured aortic aneurysm, and acute stroke are fatal, if not treated on time. Teleradiology allows to treat such critical condition in time by providing expert care on time. Countries like US are developing strokes centres for early treatment of stroke which gives immediate communication and care in critical cases by early detection. Imagine how many lives can be saved this way?

Tablet Devices and Smartphones

With efficient use of technology, there are very few things that are not portable. In teleradiology cases, Tablets and smartphones are being used by experts to view the CTs. It means the access is not limited to reading rooms, but physicians and radiologists can access it anywhere. It improves the availability of experts and reduces the lead time in emergency situations.

Efficient Image and Reports Distribution

Technologies such as WiFi and the Internet cloud play the key role in quality image and reports transfer without any delay. Remote experts can monitor the patients by getting connected on simple devices. Many organizations and hospitals have decided to partner with telemedicine services like https://www.advancedtelemedservices.com

E-Prescription

Considering current situation, US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency has given permission to prescribe using telehealth service. It was always allowed to prescribe a controlled substance through telemedicine if a doctor have done in-person evaluation with the patient in the past. But now, with new regulation, that in-person evaluation criteria is taken down in sight of public health crisis.

Please contact Advanced Telemed Services for further services at https://www.advancedtelemedservices.com or contact at 617-909-4766

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Teleradiology and Corona Virus

Since the corona outbreak, the telemedicine industry is in focus due to it’s added advantage
of keeping healthy people away from the infected ones in the times when the world needs
care and support. One of the major branches of telemedicine, Teleradiology has something
important to do with Corona Virus.

Teleradiology and Corona Virus

How Radiology and Corona Virus are related?

It all started in Dec 2019 when some patients in Wuhan city, China were found with
febrile illness of unidentified origin. When bronchoalveolar washing was done, it was found
that it is the pulmonary syndrome and was named as Corona Virus (COVID19). The
coronavirus has similar symptoms as previously reported pulmonary syndromes such as
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – 2003) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
(MERS – 2012).

So, Imaging plays an important role in diagnostic work, to see how the disease is progressing
and follow up. There are constant efforts being made to identify the imaging features of
COVID19 but as the information is very limited, no luck in getting the exact ones. As it
resembles much with SARS and MERS, radiologists need to gear up as it’s clinical features
may get treated from past pulmonary syndromes. Because of this imaging spectrum of
Coronavirus, it is related to radiology.

How teleradiology is at advantage in the times of COVID’19?

Teleradiology and Corona Virus

The definitive test for COVID19 symptoms showing the individual is a CT scan. If symptoms
appear on these images, it shows which individual needs the treatment. Investigators found
in chest CT scans that the individuals who tested positive had the number of lesions. CT scan
results also showed other symptoms like H&N9 pneumonia, H1N1 virus infection, SARS, etc
for different individuals.

Teleradiology is a transmission of radiological images from one location to another for the
purpose of study and research with other radiologists. It needs tools like the internet, LAN,
WAN and specialized software etc. So, in times of medical emergencies like the Coronavirus
outbreak, radiological images can be sent to various locations for studies and research.
As coronavirus is generating the maximum number of scans and it becomes difficult for
hospital staff to analyze and study all the images with a limited number of radiologists.
Therefore, they send these images to distant radiologists via teleradiology. This outsourcing
helps to reduce the burnout of existing staff at the hospital. At the same time, this stops the
spread of coronavirus by NOT sending a patient to a different location for any further
diagnosis. It is beneficial for everyone as teleradiology connects the patients and skilled
radiologist at the times of short supply.

Considering a different time zone, it also keeps the overnight work going on. The
radiologists get proper rest as they can outsource the radiologists from different time zones
too.

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Teleradiology in Africa: Advanced the Teleradiology Provider of Choice

Advanced Telemed Services has expanded its coverage in Africa since the last eighteen months. Africa is a developing market. Radiology has not been as developed as much as the USA and the U.K. There are only 60 radiologists which are serving the country alone. In Africa, the drawback is that the salaries are very low. If a person makes $50 per month and has to pay $200 for an MRI, it would be expensive. MRI is used as the last resort. Other modalities such as X-rays, CT scan and Ultrasound are done in abundance.

The machines that are there in Africa are comparable to the ones in the USA and other nations. We have been receiving studies of 1.5 Tesla from Africa and the image quality is comparable to the ones we have been seeing in the USA and other countries.

In Africa, the main locations where Advanced Telemed receives studies are Egypt, South Africa, and Nigeria. We are looking to expand and help more countries with subspecialty readings from our team. At Advanced Telemed there are all sub-specialty radiologists such as MRI, Body imaging, Neuro radiology, and Musculoskeletal. We connect with imaging centers and hospitals in Nigeria and other nations in Africa and provides final reporting to the centers.

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Artificial Intelligence and Teleradiology

Artificial Intelligence and Teleradiology

Artificial Intelligence [AI] also called as machine intelligence is all set to take the world by storm and the field of radiology is no exception. AI was in the spotlight in the recently concluded conference of Radiological Society of North America [RSNA] held in Chicago, with a number of keynotes and scientific sessions dedicated solely to AI and teleradiology. The number of exhibitors at RSNA conference tagged as machine learning companies more than doubled compared to last year. If this gives an inkling of things to come, AI is here to stay.

A few years ago AI was seen as a threat by the radiology community wherein radiologists perceived AI as a threat meant to replace them, however; the mood seems to be changing from fear, skepticism to optimism and hope. If utilized judiciously, AI can prove as a useful ally to the radiologists and also greatly improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Radiology as a field is largely digital in nature hence specialties such as teleradiology and Artificial Intelligence are bound to make a huge impact.

Shortage of qualified radiologists means the existing ones are overburdened with a huge amount of workload and emergency cases often get buried under the pile of all images. AI can quickly scan and screen large volumes of images and bring the cases requiring immediate attention, such as stroke or trauma at the top of the pile, helping radiologists make emergency decisions – potentially saving lives.

Screening tools by AI can also bring cases requiring more intense analysis at the top of the list so that radiologists are able to interpret complex cases earlier with fresh eyes rather than later on with exhausted eyes and mind. In future simple cases might be offloaded to AI tools in order to divert the focus of radiologists to cases requiring more attention.

Even though the current focus is largely on CT and MRI technology, other modalities such as digital x-ray, echocardiography, mammography, and ultrasonography are also being explored at a big scale. AI can help improve the quality of images by enhancing image resolution by making a smaller amount of data comparable to larger data sets, as well as lower the radiation dose. It will be much easier to analyze more complex scans with a large number of slices using machine learning tools. AI can help radiologists streamline the workflow right from the stage of ordering to the final reporting.

Every technological change is meant to improve the efficiency and outcome of the process, and use of AI in radiology is no different. Digital imaging, CAD technology, and Teleradiology were all initially met with hesitancy and doubt, but are a norm at present. Artificial Intelligence will take some time to become a part of mainstream radiology but it makes sense to be more accepting and embrace the technological advancements which are ultimately aimed to make us more efficient.

Advanced Telemed Services was created for the purpose of providing outstanding healthcare solutions including teleradiology services, using the latest state of the art technology.

To know more about working of Advanced Telemed Services write to us at info@advancedtelemedservices.com or call us on 855-933-3600

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Teleradiology in 2019: What Lies Ahead?

Teleradiology in 2019

Teleradiology has sealed its place in the field of imaging for quite some time now however, as the trends of 2018 continue to evolve, technological advancements and changing landscapes create new arenas for teleradiology in the field of telehealth. According to the latest report by Future Market Insights, the United States will have the largest revenue share of the global teleradiology market amounting to about US$5.5 Bn by the end of 2026.

Here are a few pointers to show how times are changing in an increasingly digital world and what lies ahead for teleradiology in 2019 –

  1. Increased awareness and easy accessibility have considerably increased the acceptability of teleradiology as a norm across patients as well as medical professionals.
  2. The meteorological increase in the cases of cancer and other chronic diseases along with extensive use of teleradiology in orthopedics will lead to soaring demand for teleradiology services across the country.
  3. Ambulatory surgical centers will form a major chunk of end users for teleradiology service providers, along with hospital and clinics; their number is expected to increase at a steady rate.
  4. CT, MRI and USG will have comparable share in diagnostic radiology as compared to conventional x-rays which were at the forefront in 2016.
  5. Teleradiology management software will go far beyond image viewing and reporting and incorporate tools to allow virtual interaction where the radiologist can explain the diagnosis while showing the image to treating clinician and patient.
  6. Smartphones and tablets with high-end resolution and apps with analytical tools will make doctors more productive without the need of an elaborate setup.
  7. 3D image creation and viewing can be done via simple cost-effective sophisticated imaging platforms and can be shared with clinicians as well as patients.
  8. Consumer focused interactions will come at the forefront as teleradiology service providers enable patients to interact directly with radiologists online and upload images on a HIPAA compliant database.
  9. Artificial Intelligence [AI] technology will be increasingly used across branches to provide insightful information while using high-end analytical tools to positively affect the outcomes.
  10. Turnaround time [TAT] continues to be one of the most significant factors for teleradiology customers – even more than cost – as time is of utmost importance and quick decisions need to be made regarding diagnosis and treatment based on radiology reports provided by teleradiology service providers.

Day is not far when teleradiology will completely blur the line between conventional radiology and telehealth and will become the norm of providing healthcare.

We at Advanced Telemed Services ensure highest standards of quality of reporting while adapting to the rapidly evolving field of Teleradiology. Through our team of American Board Certified experts, state of the art infrastructure and latest technology we are able to manage high volume reporting with a quick turnaround time. For more information on how we can serve your teleradiology requirements, write to us on info@advancedtelemedservices.com or call us on 855-933-3600.

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Advanced Telemed at the APDA Conference

American Portable Diagnostic Association APDA

At Advanced Telemed Services, we constantly strive hard to adopt the latest technology and update our knowledge base in order to improve performance to better serve our clients and patients. In keeping up with this ethos, Mr. Scott Larsen from Advanced Telemed Services attended the American Portable Diagnostic Association [APDA] 2018 Annual Conference and Expo held at Pendry, San Diego from October 4th to October 7th.

Portable diagnostics is a path-breaking field with multi-faceted advantages – ensuring timely diagnosis, preventing emergency department overcrowding, mitigating hospitalizations, and reducing overall cost. Advanced Telemed Services provides quick and accurate teleradiology solutions to mobile clinics. We have recently added three more clients in mobile imaging technology which provide ultrasonography facilities in a mobile van. Advanced Telemed Services has now integrated software with MediMatrix, a cutting edge solution redefining mobile radiology.

“Mobile imaging is a dynamic part of the industry, providing imaging services to patients who otherwise would have little or no access,” said Mr. Larsen of the conference. “Advanced Telemed Services is positioned to provide outstanding service to mobile providers, especially considering their unique needs with regards to client relationships, turn-around time and physician accessibility.”

The advantages of portable diagnostics extend far and beyond patients and include medical professionals, healthcare facility staff and patient families. Since the very nature of mobile imaging requires early intervention, diagnosis and quick turnaround time; we at Advanced Telemed Services provide the services and tools which ensure that our clients receive fast and accurate reports. Through our team of American Board Certified experts, we are able to manage high volume reporting and reading for mobile clinics with quick and precise readings. Our servers are secure and HIPAA compliant ensuring patient confidentiality.

To know more about how working with Advanced Telemed Services can give you a competitive advantage and provide outstanding patient care write to us at info@advancedtelemedservices.com or call us on 855-933-3600.

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Telepsychiatry and Emergency Care

Telepsychiatry and Emergency Care
With the soaring rise in mental illness across the nation, more and more patients in hospital ERs and emergency care clinics require mental health care; yet most of these facilities lack a full-time psychiatrist or a mental health professional. While these set-ups can deal with physical emergencies and injuries etc, most of them lack experts to provide required psychiatric care. However, that does not stop patients from approaching these facilities for their immediate mental health needs.

Urgent care clinics make patients wait for long hours before they are treated or moved to another facility while traditional ER doctors often end up admitting psychiatric patients without a thorough assessment. Records from national Centers for Disease Control point that psychiatric patients admitted in hospitals had the longest waiting periods, extending up to 23 hours – almost 14 hours longer than other patients. The nationwide shortage of psychiatrist and increasing burden of mental health issues has unfortunately made this a common scenario across the country.

The solution is Telepsychiatry – psychiatric care delivered remotely via live interactive video-conferencing. Having a qualified psychiatrist – even if not physically present – can not only hasten proper evaluation and treatment for the patient across locations but also decrease the number of admissions.

How does it work?

Psychiatry is a field well suited for telemedicine as it typically does not require elaborate equipment except a simple video-conferencing tool. Once a clinician determines the need for a psychiatric consultation, emergency telepsychiatry consult is similar to other telemedicine consults. A qualified psychiatrist connects with the patient virtually, assesses the condition, and in consultation with the doctor on-call, devises a treatment plan.

These patients thus spend less time in the urgent care/ER, get faster access to the psychiatric care they need, often reducing the chances of being admitted to the hospital.

Doctors at emergency care clinics often lack the training, expertise and time required to treat psychiatric conditions. With the increase in demand for quality mental health care, advanced telemed services can help fill the gap by offering efficient and cost-effective telepsychiatry medicare services tailored to meet specific needs.

Expert board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists at Advanced Telemed services provide high-quality care, mental health diagnosis, and treatment.

Urgent care clinics can also partner with us to fill the need for treating such cases without having to invest in a full-time mental health expert, making any infrastructural changes or referring the patients to other facilities.

For more information on how we can serve your business, big or small, write to us on info@advancedtelemedservices.com or call us on 855-933-3600

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Teleneurology – The Future is Here

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Neurological disorders are one of the greatest threats to public health. However, access to neurologic experts is limited by patient disability, distance and inadequate numbers of providers. Teleneurology enables neurology to be practiced when the doctor and patient are not present in the same place, and possibly not at the same time. Global proliferation of technology has the potential to improve and increase access to neurological care for billions of people.

The American Stroke Association [ASA] has a framework for stroke care delivery model which recommends implementation of telemedicine as one strategy to improve access and care. The American Academy of Neurology Board [AAN] has approved a policy position statement on stroke care recommending the availability of telemedicine services and also endorses equitable reimbursement for telemedicine services similar to in-person on-call stroke specific services.

Teleneurology is currently most commonly applied in emergency stroke [telestroke] and neurocritical care however; its role in managing patients with other chronic disorders, new neurologic outpatient referrals or consultations, and e-consults from other health sources are being explored on a huge level. Teleneurology is thus in a position to offer specialized care on a scale previously unmatched by conventional care.

At www.advancedtelemedservices.com experienced USA board-certified neurologists offer highly expert teleconsultations via teleconferencing facilities as well as reporting services to help on-time diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for headaches, dementia, strokes, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis among other conditions. Interpretation of EMGs, NCVs, and other complex nerve conduction studies is done and reported within a few hours to aid in timely diagnosis and treatment.

Advanced Telemed Services ensures the highest standards of quality of reporting and teleneurology services. With the narrowing gap between patients with neurological disease and trained doctors, a future is now increasingly possible in which neurological care can be accessed by anyone, anywhere.

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Mental Illness Care with Telepsychiatry Service

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In the United States over 43 million people suffer from mental illness and more than half of them do not have access to treatment. A key resource for assisting those suffering from mental health issues are community health centers, which are used by nearly 25 million Americans. Access to these centers has grown rapidly from 20 million in 2010.

In 1963, the Community Mental Health Act was signed into law by John F. Kennedy. This act significantly altered the delivery of mental health services and generated a new era of behavioral health. This favored the funding of mental health centers for patients who don’t have insurance or have reduced coverage. With the passage of the act, community health centers began receiving a significant amount of federal funding, which led to an increase in the number of Medicaid patients being served. Community health centers play a key role in serving federally designated underserved areas and populations. Today there are about 1000 health centers that operate 6000 sites across America. A challenge the community health centers face is that often they are rural therefore find it hard to find a psychiatrists service to help with the needed mental health coverage.

By providing access to psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other mental health providers, Advanced Telemed Services can help community health centers deliver outstanding care to patients in need, even in remote areas. Advanced Telemed connects with community health centers to provide excellent patient care through telepsychiatry service.

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Keeping Healthy During your Senior Years with Telemedicine

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telemedicine services

While it may seem like the technological revolution only favors the younger generations, the advent of smartphones, easy to use computers and the growth of tech-enabled healthcare services have significantly made like easy for seniors.

Studies show that about 80% of seniors own a cell phone and 70% of seniors frequently use the internet. All of this suggests the increase in recognition towards the value of technology. Seniors living out their golden years, caring for themselves within their own homes find the availability of telemedicine services as an excellent way to maintain a quality of life while being safe and healthy.

Medical Help a Phone Call Away

With smartphones and smart voice assisted speakers that allow voice as well as video chat, it is possible for seniors to easily connect with their caregivers. Since these devices can also be used with simple verbal commands, it is easy for them to contact telemedicine services to stay on top of their health game.

Relying on Connected Health Gadgets

Manufacturers are now making a range of Wi-Fi connected scales, blood-pressure monitors and thermometers that allows you to sync data to your smartphone. This makes it easy for seniors to track their health while also easily sharing it with their healthcare service providers online. Gaining easy remote access to medical advice and opinions saves a lot of time through reduced house calls for practitioners who no longer need to be physically present and seniors who do not need to make the cumbersome journey to a healthcare facility.

The advancements in telemedicine and the existence of these gadgets and tools make life significantly easy for seniors.

At Advanced Telemed, we offer telemedicine services in the areas of psychiatry, radiology, dermatology, cancer genomics. All these services are offered to clinics and individuals directly. For further information, call +855-933-3600 or check out www.advancedtelemedservies.com

Another arm of telepsychiatry is where patients can meet psychiatrists on their own via video conferencing from the comfort of their home. For more information, log into www.psychonline.com

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