3. Supporting the acquisition of medical images remotely
Next to telehealth tools that connect patients to care providers, the use of provider-to-provider telehealth has also skyrocketed over the past year, offering healthcare professionals new ways to collaborate even when they are many miles apart. As health systems faced unparallel, turbulent times in 2020, leaders have learned to embrace partnership as a means for continued innovation and access to care.
One such innovation in medical imaging, called the Radiology Operations Command Center, enables expert imaging technologists to remotely train, guide, and assist less experienced or specialized colleagues in satellite locations. The power of this concept is that it allows for collaboration and over-the-shoulder support in real time, while the patient is on the scanner table. This help to ensure consistent image quality across sites, minimizing the need for unnecessary repeat scans that place a burden on patients and staff alike.
As an additional benefit, this virtual hub-and-spoke model can also expand access to advanced imaging such as MR and CT at more locations, closer to where patients live, at more flexible hours. Not only does this offer patients more convenience, it means they have a better chance of getting timely diagnosis and treatment, wherever they live.