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Teleradiology technology: Improving service or impeding future hospital growth?

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Before, when hospital execs conveyed their displeasure with expert radiology solutions they’ve trusted for years, local radiology practices would simply talk out the quandary with said executives, and it was business as usual – until the next hiccup delayed productivity.

Today, if they underperform and overcharge, national teleradiology services like CRRS and their respective companies are certainly prepared to step in to handle the readings from afar. Positive technological advances speaks volumes to executives, especially when that tech will lower overhead yet increase results.

Here’s why hospital radiology partners are succumbing to teleradiology technology in large quantities:

Cost-consciousness

It’s probably easy to recognize society’s newly established paradigm of the cost-conscious, technologically focused healthcare environment; it simply works for everyone. This semantic shift in business spending is literally forcing hospitals to recalculate standard operating procedures, with absolutely no relationship in the healthcare continuum being completely immune from downsizing, or outsourcing.

When some local radiology firm loses their hospital contract which spans several decades, it’s relatively easy to locate the culprit: costs. Teleradiology, with an expected global valuation of $3.79B by 2019, offers that more thorough patient examination that’s been sought since the dawn of hospitals, and does so for much less than more ‘archaic’ practices.

Finally, industry consolidation could keep prices dropping until another innovation is announced.

Speedy technology

Among the litany of complaints often received by hospital executives is the speed and technology by which radiology reports are conveyed from insources. Couple that with extensive phone conversations, emailing and delays when seeking an outside opinion, and even an outsider could recognize something needs to change. Teleradiology provides change, with speeds that amass expectations.

Although teleradiology is categorized as ‘growth technology’ due to its relatively isolated usage, connectivity innovations and software platforms have emerged which make the conveyance of imagery much quicker, regardless where its intended destination is worldwide. This increase in digital workflow management is one that traditional radiology services cannot match.

Saves lives – quickly

Focusing back on patient care, accurate radiology readings do save lives much quicker than before. What if someone’s life could be saved, say, 5 or 10 times quicker? Teleradiology has the ability to convey preliminary and final reads across the globe in seconds, not days, which means that an expert in New York can convey professional opinions or plan ensuing surgical procedures in Dubai – all within the hour.

In an already embattled niche which now includes ObamaCare mandates, patients could use all the technological leverage hospitals can muster – and teleradiology is today’s patient-centric solution in helping cure the once deadly virus while simplifying the once complicated recovery process.

Summary

It may seem teleradiology solutions are job thieves working undercover, yet consider this: healthcare professionals up and down the expansive career ladder educate themselves in various health fields out of passion for humanity. If improving our way of life shifts the employment paradigm slightly towards the tech side, does this really mean its goal is stealing jobs – or saving more lives?

From a patient’s perspective, consider this: anyone who has spent any amount of time in a doctor’s office or hospital knows that when it comes to charges for procedures and treatments, the amount on a bill may escalate quite rapidly. Since you’ll either self-pay or have healthcare benefits, why not get the best for your money?

The art of radiology technology is great, but teleradiology solutions are more transparent, cost-effective and offer quickness – all which are an easy sell to executives seeking better services for the plethora of patients they’ll serve.

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