Outsourcing healthcare services like medical billing, coding, and transcription has been common for some time now. As off shoring continues to grow and evolve there are an increasing number of services that are being outsourced. By many accounts, teleradiology now ranks as telemedicine's largest field. It's interesting, to imagine how the earliest radiology subspecialists in the 1930s would have reacted to a prediction that one day, a radiologist in daytime India could interpret a real-time image of a nighttime accident victim in Chicago. Not surprisingly, it was virtually impossible for the physicians to visualize a complex web of virtual readings.
Fast-forward 70 years and realize that we live in that world, that environment, that virtual realm of possibility. There is no turning back on our digital revolution
Teleradiology Services in India
Teleradiology is defined as the ability to view radiologic studies (X-ray, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging) at a site, which is far away from the place where the study is done. This is a very useful method, as it allows evaluation of the images to be performed by qualified people who may not necessarily be available at the site of the study itself. Potentially, rural centers can avail of expert opinions at tertiary care centers in big cities.
Currently, teleradiology is being used to transfer all emergency CT scans done at night and on holidays, from the CT scan centers to the consultants in India. This allows accurate reporting of all scans, immediately by the consultants themselves, rather than by junior doctors, so that treatment measures can be initiated without any delay.
Services like teleradiology (the outsourcing of radiology reading) are on the rise, as an acute shortage of radiologists has resulted in a longer period of waiting for diagnosis and treatment of patients. This is one area where outsourcing does not just make financial sense, but is also essential to handle the extra work and provide quality healthcare to an ever-increasing number of patients.
iProcess provides teleradiology-based services such as diagnostic interpretation of all emergently and non-emergently performed non-invasive imaging studies, including computed tomography, MRI, ultrasound, X ray. iProcess is in constant verbal communication with its client hospitals and is highly accessible to all its referring physicians/hospitals at all times. The company provides teleradiology-based services over the Internet like Nighthawk coverage, where it provides on call preliminary or final interpretation by board certified doctors.