Addressing Concerns in Teleradiology

A recent article by MSNBC, Is a doctor reading your X-rays? Maybe not, talks about the potential dangers of teleradiology and the impact of poor communication between local and remote physicians. While there might be tragic consequences for selecting an unqualified vendor for doing nighttime reads, it’s imperative to understand that not all teleradiology providers are created equal. Here’s a look at what a qualified teleradiology company offers:

  1. Access to highly trained subspecialists 24/7/365.
    1. This is particularly beneficial to small or remote communities that would not normally be able to attract radiologists with advanced training.
  2. Digital images are available to all clinicians and radiologists simultaneously.
    1. This expedites patient care (e.g., a surgeon in the operating room can be reviewing an exam with a radiologist on speaker phone during an operation).
  3. Faster throughput in the ER.
    1. There’s no need to wait for on-call radiologist to wake-up and drive into the hospital to read an exam. Most hospitals don’t have enough volume for a radiologist to stay in the hospital overnight. With a teleradiology provider, you get an opportunity to handle the fluctuations in volume without adding unnecessary costs and altering staff schedules.
  4. Reduced costs for healthcare systems.
    1. With streamlined efficiencies, task specialization, and lower overhead, healthcare systems are able to reduce overall costs.

At StatRad, the entire system is built to facilitate high quality care by focusing exclusively on teleradiology. With our teleradiology platform, there’s physician to physician communication on all critical findings—and a rigorous hiring and QA process that leads to an incredibly low error rate.

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