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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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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Advanced Telemed: Your Partner in Telepsychiatry Software and Service Provider

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Psychiatry needs for all facilities, 365 days of the year

Advanced Telemed is a premier provider of telepsychiatry services and/or software for your mental health needs. It has added 4 new psychiatry facilities in the 1st week of September from large hospitals systems in the USA to crisis centers. There are 24-hour facilities which require on call as well as daytime outpatient centers. Advanced Telemed has all subspecialty psychiatrists as a part of their team from forensic psychiatrists to child psychiatrists. All of the psychiatrists are Board Certified psychiatrists with extensive experience in the field.

Advanced Telemed has expanded their offerings with their existing clients offering a telepsychiatry software with video conferencing, EMR, scheduling as well as e-prescribing. For a demo on the software, please feel free to contact on the below number or email.

info@advancedtelemedservices.com
Office: +1 305-957-7665
Direct : (617)909-4766

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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.

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Teleradiology: Then and Now

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 are 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!

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