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Telerad Tech® has been founded by a group of technology innovators and eminent radiologists with the focus to develop products and solutions to address the gaps and needs of Healthcare IT in general, and radiology automation systems in particular. Having partnered with leading a tele-radiology institute and led by technologists with background in developing and deploying automated solutions, Telerad Tech® has the best mix of domain understanding and technology process to implement technology solutions to solve the radiology workflow problems. The products are developed, tested and piloted in the radiology eco-system and hence equipped with providing the most efficient, radiologist friendly work-flow.
July 27, 2017

Telerad Tech’s Partnership With Zebra Medical Vision Will Help Improve Medical Imaging Diagnosis

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Telerad Tech®, Bangalore, the technology affiliate of Teleradiology Solutions (TRS), and Zebra Medical Vision , Israel, announced today that they signed a partnership to bring Zebra-Med’s cloud-based deep learning analytics engine to over 20 countries and 150 hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Zebra Medical Vision has been a pioneer in the development and commercialization of deep learning imaging analytics solutions, and since 2015 has released clinical applications that automatically identify liver, lung, bone and cardiovascular disease, as well as breast cancer and intra-cranial bleeding.

"Our company, India’s first and largest teleradiology company, is proud to serve healthcare systems that treat millions of patients in over 20 countries globally," said Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur, CEO of Teleradiology Solutions and Telerad Tech. “Our emphasis and focus has always been on high quality radiology reporting. Zebra's ability to produce and deploy AI for radiology is the exact type of added value we hope to bring to help fulfill our vision of impacting patient diagnosis and medical care in India, Asia and Africa."

AI’s deep learning capabilities enable reading and diagnosis of medical images with reduced human intervention and would assist radiologists to prioritize studies and provide faster point of care to patients even in remote parts of India. AI algorithms will help in detecting overlooked indications and in providing insights which assist in building a synergistic preventative care program. This means improved outcomes and enhanced care delivery for patients and possibly reduced costs of treatment.

AI empowers radiologists to enhance their value and become more involved in patient care management, thereby making radiology an even more integral part of healthcare in India and abroad.

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May 26, 2017

RADSpa to Enable TRS–GE Partnership for Remote Radiology Reporting Accessibility in India

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Teleradiology Solutions (TRS), based in New Haven, Conn., has teamed up with Wipro GE Healthcare to make advanced radiology reporting services available to healthcare providers across India with previously limited access to these resources. Remote parts of the country are greatly in need of specialist radiologist reporting services. The partnership will combine GE Healthcare’s medical technology leadership and wide reach across the country with TRS’ proprietary Radiology Workflow Solution, RADSpa, to make remote radiology reporting services accessible in Tier 2 and beyond markets.
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November 21, 2016

What do you look for in a RIS/PACS for a Tele-radiology application

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Let’s face it. Today a PACS is a commodity …has been for quite a while.
Most PACS and for that matter RIS on the market can do most everything………..at least that is what the brochures claim!
For a Tele-radiology application, these are some of the important requirments:
 What are the workflow features it supports?
 How easy is it for a Radiologist to set up a practice for himself or herself?
 How many reports can the Radiologist dictate in a day?
 What is the cost of ownership?
Let’s take the last one first!

Today, reducing reimbursements from insurance companies, increasing competition across the globe, and the need to provide quality care in spite of all the above - are forcing owners of imaging centers to question the cost of ownership.
This is where the cloud based solution brings value to the table. With a cloud based solution, the vendor is responsible for the high end redundant servers housed in a class III or similar data center, disaster management solutions, archiving studies and reports for 7 years or more. This solution provides a very low or practically nil cost of ownership.
The Radiologist or the owner can focus on building the business, signing up new hospitals, and bringing the bacon home! The cloud based solution gives him lot more flexibility and freedom to go after new prospects even if they are not in the same state or even the same country.
The number of reports a Radiologist can generate in a day translates to profits. The system must be simple to use and the reporting engine and viewer must allow him to dictate as quickly as possible. Interface with a Voice recognition system, easy content (text and audio) exchange between the Radiologist and transcriptionist, peer review with ABR codes, QA, real time collaboration between different stakeholders are some of the features to look for in a system. The Radiologist must be the last link in the chain and studies / images must reach him only when they are complete in all respects, thereby saving his valuable time. Some systems have the reconciliation feature that handles this part of the assignment. The system must support all DICOM modalities which can be added any time later with ease and also support non DICOM for use with legacy modalities.
The system must be simple to use and more importantly easy to install. The Radiologist must be able to start his business or add a new hospital within hours thereby generating confidence in his business. If the hospital or clinic that is sending studies provides a VPN -then the issue of encrypting, security, and safe transmission are taken care of and there is no need for any hardware purchase by the Radiologist. If not, a simple PC that can house the DICOM router software and route the studies fast and efficiently to the central server, is sufficient. The system must also be universal such that it should not need any proprietary hardware for viewing and should be able to log in from any browser. Viewing and distributing images on a mobile device is becoming ubiquitous today and helps the Radiologist to take instant decisions from an airport or a coffee shop!
Last but not least the workflow features are very important. It is indeed an irony that when you mention workflow, most people have the “deer caught in the headlights look”. The workflow is the most important factor which contributes to the productivity and thereby to the bottom line of the enterprise. Some systems provide a “soup to nuts” solution for workflow from capture to archive while some provide certain modules. Here it is important to get a standard off-the-shelf software that can be customized -rather than develop one from scratch and make it proprietary , finding it difficult to change in the future. The workflow defines many conditions that improve the overall efficiency.
For example:
 Assignment of studies to a Radiologist depending upon various conditions
 Workflow parameters like TAT, number of reads, work load, QA score for Radiologist
 Auto assignment or through manual intervention by an Administrator
 Monitoring TAT (Turn Around Time) and reassigning studies if TAT is not met
 Collaboration between various stakeholders through work-list
 Customizable work-list which enables the user to see what they want to see and hide the extraneous information.
 Monitoring QA, reconciliation, Peer review to help improve the quality of care to the patient
 Integration with existing front end or back end solutions using HL7 or web links
 Accessing PRIORS and showing patient demographics to the Radiologist while reporting to enable faster and more accurate reporting
 Enabling the patient to get hold of the report and studies through a secure patient portal.
 Use of mobile devices and maybe a QR code to make it easy for the patient to receive the information.
These are just some of the important workflow features to look for. It is best to ask the vendor what they provide - to help you improve the productivity of the Tele-radiology center. An important characteristic the software should provide is the flexibility to customize the features to get the best bang for your buck.
Many vendors who are in this business should be getting constant feedback from their valued users and keep improving their product.
Make sure they provide 24x7x365 support otherwise all the above is not as attractive as it sounds!

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Mr. Mohan Mysore

VP Sales & Marketing for USA, European Operations at Telerad Tech Pvt. Ltd. He's a strategic thinker with a tenacious commitment to achieving planned results in highly competitive environments. Proven ability to look at the bigger picture, analyze key business drivers, and create short and long term strategies to improve the bottom line.
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November 21, 2016

Patient portal- why a hospital or clinic must provide this access

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Over the last few years the end user is getting more and more informed and intelligent. The ever pervasive internet and the explosion of the knowledge base have helped spur this transition to a savvier user.

Two more factors are driving this revolution.

1) The compliance needs of certain governments to ensure every citizen is on an electronic patient portal
2) The pressure on the bottom line for hospitals and clinics forces them to find ways to educate the patient, and reduce his visits to the hospital which have become a huge burden to the Governments.

While most of the patient portal solutions in the last few years mainly dealt with patient reports and information relating to the visits of the patient, of late solutions are emerging whereby the patient has access to even radiology images.

The spin off benefit for the patient is that he has access to his clinical reports, lab test results, and sometimes images which he can share with another doctor for a second opinion.
In the good old days when a patient walked into an imaging center or an outpatient facility in a hospital and had a XRAY procedure done, he would be receiving a XRAY film immediately or in a few days. This later was replaced by CD’s which had a nice picture of the facility on top and images and reports inside. There was also a low end viewer which opened the images automatically.
While this saved the enterprise hundreds and thousands of dollars (you could now add multiple images from CT or MRI) and was a great marketing tool, it still meant the patient had to have the CD on him all the time if he wanted to share the information. The enterprise also had to invest in automated CD solutions which were mechanical devices and prone to failures.
All the pressures mentioned at the beginning of this article forced vendors to find a more practical and useful solution for the patient.
Today a patient can walk away with nothing but still have access to everything!
He can log into his secure private patient portal and
 View images with a powerful viewer
 View reports of the doctor
 Upload his own documents
 Share information with his family
 Share reports and images with another specialist for a second opinion
All this can be done from anywhere and at any time using any browser on his computer or mobile device.
He could get relocated to say Indiana from Arizona and still meet his doctor and have all the information at his fingertips. He does not have to carry any documents or CD’s or films.
From an enterprise point of view this provides a better quality of patient care. The RIS/PACS they invested in would be archiving the images and reports anyway and all they need to do now is to find a cost effective way of sharing this with the patient.
The recent patient portals provide this facility and with the falling prices of hardware and software these features are becoming lot more affordable now than before.
The hospital and clinics win because they have reduced their costs and provided more benefits to the patient. The patient wins because he or she now feels they received their money’s worth and the access to their information at any time makes them more secure.
Everyone is happy!

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Mr. Mohan Mysore

VP Sales & Marketing for USA, European Operations at Telerad Tech Pvt. Ltd. He's a strategic thinker with a tenacious commitment to achieving planned results in highly competitive environments. Proven ability to look at the bigger picture, analyze key business drivers, and create short and long term strategies to improve the bottom line.
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November 19, 2016

7 Signs That Diagnostic Centers Should Invest In Tele-Radiology

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In today’s competitive healthcare environment, running a diagnostic imaging center is not easy. Apart from the high equipment cost at startup, operational and ongoing financial challenges abound. A technology innovation that can assist owners of diagnostic centers in optimizing their center’s performance is teleradiology. This article lists the typical scenarios in which owners of diagnostic centers can benefit from this pathbreaking healthcare innovation.

  1. A chain of new diagnostic imaging centers is being opened.

The best time to invest in teleradiology is at the time of expansion from a single center facility (either a diagnostic center or a nursing home or hospital) to a multicenter practice setup. This is when teleradiology will bring you maximum benefits, as it will allow you to utilize your existing radiologist staffing more efficiently. One radiologist at one of the sites can potentially report Xray and CT/MRI scans for all the centers. An onsite radiologist will be required at each site for performing ultrasounds and procedures.

 

  1. Scans are not getting reported on time and the patients and referring doctors are complaining.

Implementing teleradiology is a highly effective way to improve your report turnaround time. It brings the images to your radiologist and allows him/her to report them instantly, instead of your having to wait for the radiologist to show up at work. Furthermore, using an efficient teleradiology workflow platform (Radspa developed by TeleradTech is one such example) can significantly improve your radiologists’ reporting efficiency and thereby further shorten the reporting times.

 

  1. The diagnostic imaging center has started receiving injury cases at night that need immediate reporting.

Emergency Nighthawk/urgent care is where teleradiology makes its greatest impact. If your hospital or diagnostic center is open 24 hours and scans are being performed through the night then you can greatly benefit from teleradiology, either by allowing your own radiologist to report from his or her own home at night or if that is too taxing for them, by outsourcing your reporting to a teleradiology reporting center that provides 24 x 7 services. Remember though to check reporting quality standards and accreditations!

 

  1. The center is unable to find a radiologist to report the scans.

 

In the current scenario of radiologist shortages, this is not an uncommon situation and the radiologist staffing at any site can suddenly become a problem. Teleradiology can help by either allowing your radiologist to report the scans from wherever he or she may be, or by allowing you to outsource your radiology reporting to a teleradiology reporting center.

 

  1. The reporting radiologist is getting frustrated and burnt out with the increasing workload.

As your diagnostic center volumes increase it may become more difficult for your radiologist to cope with the workload. In such situations, teleradiology can be a helpful backup to direct your excess case workload to a teleradiology reporting service.

 

  1. The radiologist is excellent with reporting xrays and ultrasounds but not comfortable with CT and MRI.

As advanced imaging techniques such as CT and MRI are rapidly evolving and becoming more and more complex, not all radiologists may be comfortable reporting all types of exams especially pediatric, musculoskeletal or cardiovascular. In such cases, referring such complex examinations to a teleradiology reporting center can improve the quality of reporting by gaining access to a subspecialist radiologist with expertise in the specific type of examination.

 

  1. The center requires a backup of all the scans done without the hassle of maintaining it on site.

Using teleradiology allows one to maintain a remote archive of all of one’s scans and reports, on the cloud, with complete security. This can be a valuable backup archive for an imaging center, so that there is never any loss of patient information or images.

 

The above points are a brief synopsis of the many benefits that teleradiology can afford to the promoters of a diagnostic imaging center. To help unleash the full potential of an imaging center, teleradiology holds the key today.

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Dr Arjun Kalyanpur, founder and Chief Pusher of Teleradiology Solutions was voted Frost and Sullivans Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was responsible for TRS becoming VCCircle’s “Best Healthcare Service Delivery Provider of the Year 2015” He was awarded Modern Medicare’s Entrepreneur of the year award in 2007, was named one of the 50 pathfinders in Healthcare in India in 2009 by Express Healthcare magazine and one of 25 healthcare influencers by Healthcare Executive in 2015.
He has been featured in Who’s Who in the World and in Medicine.
He has also been covered extensively in the media, namely ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine as the path-breaking pioneer of tele-radiology services in Asia.

 

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March 19, 2016

Teleradtech has Won the India Emerging20 at London

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India  Emerging 20 is a program set up by the London Mayor’s office to encourage international businesses to set up offices in London as part of their expansion strategy.

The initiative is one of the programmes that emerged following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK last November.

The 20 companies identified by the programme are Adadyn Technologies, Cuadev Pharma, Happiest Minds Technologies, Indix Internet, ITKTS Interactive Technologies (Kyazoonga),

Latent View Analytics, MoEngage, Nanobi Data and Analytics, OSSCube Solutions, Perpetuity Technosoft, Pervazive, RateGain Travel Technologies,

Seclore, Sivleredge Technologies, Stelae Tech, Teabox, Technology Frontiers, Telerad Tech, Uniken Systems and Uniphore Software.

 

Read more here : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/london-beckons-fastgrowing-indian-technology-companies/article8357421.ece

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November 19, 2015

Benefits of Teleradiology

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Telemedicine is the application of information technology and telecommunications networks for the purpose of medical diagnosis and therapy from remote locations. A host of recent technology innovations have made it possible for telemedicine to expand its reach across every medical speciality– its usage in radiology is called “Teleradiology.”

Radiology incorporates the diverse methods used in medical science to capture images of the internal body structure and function (eg. x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds), to assist in the process of medical diagnosis or treatment.
Teleradiology is the capability to acquire these medical images in one location and facilitate their transmission over a range so that they can be viewed and interpreted for diagnostic or consultative purposes by a radiologist.

This practice is becoming widely adopted by hospitals, urgent care clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers. The factor responsible for its rapidly growing implementation is due to the fact that it addresses the inadequacy of appropriately skilled personnel to provide radiological analysis and the lack of practitioners of this specialty.

The process of teleradiology, in essence, is based on a fundamental triad; an image sending station, a transmission network, and a image retrieval station that should have a high-quality display screen. Additional more recent technology innovations include the incorporation of cloud for redundancy and cost reduction, mobile technologies for greater access and sophisticated teleradiology workflow that enhances radiologist productivity, provide performance metrics and track quality. .

Teleradiology improves client care by enabling radiologists to supply their expertise without necessarily being at the same location as the patient. This is especially essential when radiologist subspecialists (e.g. MRI radiologists, pediatric radiologists, neuro-radiologists) are required, because these specialists are few in number and typically located in metropolitan cities. Teleradiology therefore enhances the quality of radiology reporting by bringing the images of a patient in a small town to the most specialized radiologist who is best qualified to interpret the particular radiologic scan..

On the other hand, smaller sized healthcare facilities in rural areas might use only one radiologist or none at all. In such situations, it is virtually impossible for the radiologist to be available 24 x7 x 365. Having the support of a teleradiology reporting service can both improve the quality of life of the solo radiologist as well as improve the quality of care that might be potentially diminished by radiologist overwork..

Teleradiology can be a means through which physicians can collaborate when they are not in direct contact. For example an emergency doctor at a rural urgent care center can gain obtain a radiology consultation from a specialist urban radiologist and discuss the case telephonically while simultaneously viewing his or her patient’s images. (e.g. they are in remote places). This can be extremely valuable from the perspective of enhancing patient care and improving outcomes.

Using the services of outsourcing companies or radiology groups to supply and maintain the needed radiology coverage, smaller medical facilities are able to make better usage of their own on-site specialists and enable them to maintain their regular working hours.

This can likewise be economical for the medical facility as the outsourcing institution need only spend based on utilization, and is spared the significant fixed cost of having a radiologist on site at a small institution where they may not be fully utilized . The arrangement of these expert services to manage inpatients at small hospitals without experts on site has been revealed to be a reliable way of providing high quality care that would otherwise be unavailable.

In summary, the benefits of teleradiology are related to affording access to specialist radiologist expertise where or when none exists, to the appropriate utilization of radiologist time and energy, and to the overall enhancement of patient care, while at the same time reducing healthcare costs!

The technologies today are mature and evolved, and the outsourced model wherein images are routed to a teleradiology reporting service is an established and tested one which affords significant value, especially to small rural and community hospitals. Startup costs as well as running costs are reasonable and affordable and the process is smooth and streamlined.

Sounds like a pretty compelling value proposition? Try it and find out for yourself!!.
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Dr Arjun Kalyanpur, founder and Chief Pusher of Teleradiology Solutions was voted Frost and  Sullivans Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was responsible for TRS becoming VCCircle’s “Best Healthcare Service Delivery Provider of the Year 2015” He was awarded Modern Medicare’s Entrepreneur of the year award in 2007, was named one of the 50 pathfinders in Healthcare in India in 2009 by Express Healthcare magazine and one of 25 healthcare influencers by Healthcare Executive in 2015.
He has been featured in Who’s Who in the World and in Medicine.
He has also been covered extensively in the media, namely ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine as the path-breaking pioneer of tele-radiology services in Asia.

 

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September 11, 2015

How To Pick The Best Teleradiology Solution For Your Practice?

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HOW TO PICK A TELERADIOLOGY SOLUTION FOR YOUR PRACTICE?

Consider Vendor’s Complete Range of Services for Teleradiology Solution

With a plethora of vendors offering a RIS/PACS solution and claiming to do everything under the sun,it is not surprising that most buyers are confused and overwhelmed. Even for a discerning user it is difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff and arrive at a short list of vendors who meet both the technical and the financial criteria. If you are managing a radiology imaging facility, then you are probably walking a tight rope between investing in technology for your radiologists and improving the bottom line for the organization. This has become a lot easier with the advent of cloud technology. The right Teleradiology software for you depends on your needs and the size of your practice. It is the 80/20 rule. 80% of the features are nice to have, but the 20% features impact the bottom line, and should be considered as must haves.

Some Teleradiology providers offer an extensive range of Teleradiology software solutions with many extra features that you might not need – and will end up paying more than you actually need. Do you really want an integrated billing system? Marketing services? Do you need a Teleradiology solution bundled with contracted radiologists?

On the other hand, if you are based in a bigger health eco -system and you need a wide range of services, you will prefer a Teleradiology software that offers an all-in-one solution.

Minimal set-up

When it comes to adopting a new Teleradiology software and then training the staff it will require a ton of resources and time. If possible, look for a web-based solution, or opt for a user friendly Teleradiology software and simple implementation. Consider a product which has no capital investments, no maintenance costs and you can still keep your Radiology reading team excited and productive!

RIS and EMR integration

If you want to archive any transmitted medical images and radiology consults, how will you ? How will these files be incorporated into your patient records? Check with the teleradiology software provider whether they offer EMR integration or compatible radiology information systems (RIS). If you are looking to archive the studies and the reports you need to make sure that they are stored in a VNA. You must be able to get out of the relationship with the vendor and move out with all your data and take it elsewhere. You need to be assured that the data is not stored in any proprietary format and is stored in standard DICOM. Check if the vendor complies with HL7 standards and HIPAA guidelines.

Patient portal

Will you be sharing medical images with your patients? Check if the Teleradiology solution provides a patient     portal that allows them to share images with the patients in a hassle free manner without the printing, and couriering the media costs.

Mobile solutions

Based on your need for mobile devices, in your practice you may want to explore teleradiology software that is mobile compatible.

That way, providers can retrieve and enhance medical images and radiology consults on their devices while on the go.

Cost

A Teleradiology solution can be an effective way to expand radiology services while saving money. However, one has to evaluate all the associated costs. Ask the Teleradiology software provider for a detailed pricing quote, in writing. Consider the below questions when doing the ROI.

  • How can operational efficiency and the productivity of my team improve? Can I shoot for a goal of 30% improvement or more?
  • How can I reduce the maintenance cost of my system that I purchase?
  • How can I spend more time on my business rather than on the system related stuff?
  • How reliable and stable is the company who is offering this product?
  • Can I have a full feature trial of the system before I decide to buy?
  • What is my monthly cash outflow with this system?
  • Can I get an obligation free consultancy with an expert and discuss my needs?
  • How can my team benefit from the use of the system?

Support: This is one of the important criteria for selection. Question to be asked are

  • Does your company provide 24x7x365 support?
  • Can I see your Service Level Agreement (SLA)?
  • Do you support multiple languages in your software?
  • Do you have local support people?
  • What happens when a feature of the system does not work? How soon can I expect a response? Is there a way to replace the system? If so how quickly can it be replaced? (This is a challenge especially in an ONSITE solution and a cloud based solution has advantages here!)

Security

Teleradiology software needs to be HIPAA compliant. If you don’t have the IT resources to configure a secure virtual private network (VPN) and set-up a DICOM router, you may want to ask a Teleradiology provider if they will help get you set-up.

While the vendors are constantly working to improve their product offerings, the end user also has to do their due diligence before the purchase. All this happens all the time in the industry but it helps to have a check-list and go through it so you don’t lose track of any specific item! Teleradiology Solution can be an effective way for small to large health systems to expand their radiology services and offer 24/7 access. Find the right Teleradiology solution now.

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Mr. Ricky Bedi is the CEO of Telerad Tech , an award winning cloud based radiology workflow system that has been powering teleradiology practice across the globe in over 20 countries. For a free consultation and demo ;

 Please contact sales@teleradtech.com

 

 

 

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July 6, 2015

7 Signs That Diagnostic Centers Should Invest In Tele-Radiology test

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In today’s competitive healthcare environment, running a diagnostic imaging center is not easy. Apart from the high equipment cost at startup, operational and ongoing financial challenges abound. A technology innovation that can assist owners of diagnostic centers in optimizing their center’s performance is teleradiology. This article lists the typical scenarios in which owners of diagnostic centers can benefit from this pathbreaking healthcare innovation. A chain of new diagnostic imaging centers is being opened. The best time to invest in teleradiology is at the time of expansion from a single center facility (either a diagnostic center or a nursing home or hospital) to a multicenter practice setup. This is when teleradiology will bring you maximum benefits, as it will allow you to utilize your existing radiologist staffing more efficiently. One radiologist at one of the sites can potentially report Xray and CT/MRI scans for all the centers. An onsite radiologist will be required at each site for performing ultrasounds and procedures. Scans are not getting reported on time and the patients and referring doctors are complaining. Implementing teleradiology is a highly effective way to improve your report turnaround time. It brings the images to your radiologist and allows him/her to report them instantly, instead of your having to wait for the radiologist to show up at work. Furthermore, using an efficient teleradiology workflow platform (Radspa developed by TeleradTech is one such example) can significantly improve your radiologists’ reporting efficiency and thereby further shorten the reporting times. The diagnostic imaging center has started receiving injury cases at night that need immediate reporting. Emergency Nighthawk/urgent care is where teleradiology makes its greatest impact. If your hospital or diagnostic center is open 24 hours and scans are being performed through the night then you can greatly benefit from teleradiology, either by allowing your own radiologist to report from his or her own home at night or if that is too taxing for them, by outsourcing your reporting to a teleradiology reporting center that provides 24 x 7 services. Remember though to check reporting quality standards and accreditations! The center is unable to find a radiologist to report the scans. In the current scenario of radiologist shortages, this is not an uncommon situation and the radiologist staffing at any site can suddenly become a problem. Teleradiology can help by either allowing your radiologist to report the scans from wherever he or she may be, or by allowing you to outsource your radiology reporting to a teleradiology reporting center. The reporting radiologist is getting frustrated and burnt out with the increasing workload. As your diagnostic center volumes increase it may become more difficult for your radiologist to cope with the workload. In such situations, teleradiology can be a helpful backup to direct your excess case workload to a teleradiology reporting service. The radiologist is excellent with reporting xrays and ultrasounds but not comfortable with CT and MRI. As advanced imaging techniques such as CT and MRI are rapidly evolving and becoming more and more complex, not all radiologists may be comfortable reporting all types of exams especially pediatric, musculoskeletal or cardiovascular. In such cases, referring such complex examinations to a teleradiology reporting center can improve the quality of reporting by gaining access to a subspecialist radiologist with expertise in the specific type of examination. The center requires a backup of all the scans done without the hassle of maintaining it on site. Using teleradiology allows one to maintain a remote archive of all of one’s scans and reports, on the cloud, with complete security. This can be a valuable backup archive for an imaging center, so that there is never any loss of patient information or images. The above points are a brief synopsis of the many benefits that teleradiology can afford to the promoters of a diagnostic imaging center. To help unleash the full potential of an imaging center, teleradiology holds the key today.
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September 30, 2014

mobileRADSpa®

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Mobile RADSpa

mobileRADSpa® is an excellent mobile teleradiology solution & a next generation radiology automation. It is an integrated and collaborative teleradiology solution that automates RAD Workflow and DICOM imaging at the convenience of an iPad. Enables Radiologists to access studies, review and upload the findings as Voice recording at the touch of a button. mobileRADSpa® is revolutionizing the radiology industry by making the radiologist work load truly accessible anytime anywhere. Read More

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September 30, 2014

Cloud Computing Architecture

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a pie in the sky or a really useful technology?

Healthcare enterprises are adopting the cloud computing architecture and cloud computing services, with open arms. While initially there were concerns of security on the cloud server, over the last few years, all these doubts have been cleared and the cloud based solution is here to stay! Here are some advantages of cloud based computing.

If you are:

1) A hospital wanting to share images with another hospital
2) A Radiologist wanting to view studies and dictate a report from anywhere at anytime
3) A referring physician who wants to look at a Radiologists report and discuss procedure with a patient
4) A transcriptionist who wants to transcribe a dictation of a Radiologist
5) A management executive who wants to constantly look at business analytics and create strategies
6) A patient who wants to receive a report of a recent exam

Then the chances are that you are doing all this via the cloud. It could be a private cloud, a hybrid cloud or a public cloud.

What unique advantages does cloud technology and cloud hosting offer my business ?

The images are stored as per HIPAA compliance needs and are available for 7, 14 or 21 years. The entire cloud computing architecture is replicated in real time across a different geographical territory to enable disaster management. In addition the images show up as PRIORS when a physician or a radiologist views the recent study of a patient thereby making a diagnosis simpler and easier. Most importantly the end user does not have to worry about maintenance of the hardware. This is a huge cost saving for both the large healthcare enterprise as well as the small clinics.

With cloud computing architecture and cloud computing services, the end user can now focus on his business and forget the rest !

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Mr. Mohan Mysore

VP Sales & Marketing for USA, European Operations at Telerad Tech Pvt. Ltd. He's a strategic thinker with a tenacious commitment to achieving planned results in highly competitive environments. Proven ability to look at the bigger picture, analyze key business drivers, and create short and long term strategies to improve the bottom line.
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September 30, 2014

Vendor Neutral Archive – VNA

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RADSpa® is tightly integrated with a Vendor neutral archive providing HIPAA compliant storage for 7 years or more. PRIORS of John Doe show up on the work-list for the Radiologist and physician for ease of reporting and viewing.

Today with the rapidly changing PACS scenario and also the need to instantly access Prior images it is important for the user to look for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). This enables the user to pick up his archived data at any time and move to a new PACS system. RADSpa® is tightly integrated with a VNA and allows you to:

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We can also take care of your legacy studies and move to them to RADSpa® so you have everything under one roof! With the VNA and cloud based architecture your data is not only stored in a HIPAA compliant fashion but is also absolutely safe and secure.

Your worries of data security are a thing of the past now with RADSpa®

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September 29, 2014

Facebook Integration

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RADSpa® Viewer supports secured uploading of key images to Facebook and other social networking portals thereby enabling educational, research and knowledge sharing. Viewer anonymize the images automatically and upload them with annotations.

It helps radiologist to collaborate online with groups having common research interests and expertise.

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September 29, 2014

Dropbox Integration

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Hospitals can use dropbox to upload DICOM images without even logging into the RADSpa® portal. A "AE title" folder will be shared with the hospital and the technicians (or other users) in the hospital can drag-n-drop the DICOM studies to Dropbox folder.

That study will be immediately available in the RADSpa® worklist. In the patient portal, once patients allow access to the portal for a certain chosen folder, the contents of the folder will be uploaded to the patient's account automatically

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September 29, 2014

Patient Portal

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Patient Portal to Share DICOM Images and Reports

Patient portal allows hospitals to share DICOM images and reports with patients. Patients can login and view the scanned images and reports. They have options to share with others, archive the images or attach files to an existing scan.

Patient portal includes a zero footprint viewer for viewing images and a simple interface to upload big studies and attachments through Dropbox

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September 26, 2014

Mobile Computing

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mobileRADSpa® is an excellent mobile teleradiology solution & a next generation radiology automation. It is an integrated and collaborative teleradiology solution that automates RAD Workflow and DICOM imaging at the convenience of an iPad. Enables Radiologists to access studies, review and upload the findings as Voice recording at the touch of a button. mobileRADSpa® is revolutionizing the radiology industry by making the radiologist work load truly accessible anytime anywhere.

With mobileRADSpa® a radiologist on a touch of a button will be able to:

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  • Fully integrated RIS and PACS platform
  • Connect to RADSpa® server over iPad
  • Download a Case
  • Conduct a Study on iPad with support of DICOM Imaging
  • Log findings
  • Sync with RADSpa® server and be updated
  • Create and Share Studies over iPad
  • Voice dictation
Device Requirements
  • Operating system supported - iOS 4.3 - 6.1.3
  • Platform - iPad version (Runs on any version of iPad running on the above specified ios versions, but preferably ipad2 or later. These versions of iPad is recommended for better performance)
  • Memory - 8/16/32/64 GB
  • Connectivity - 3G or WiFi

RADSpa® Mobile provides Radiologist, Physician, and Patient the below choice of viewers to view images.

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With mobileRADSpa® the RADSpa® Radiology intelligence system has been seamlessly extended for Mobile access with user interface and PACS imaging optimized for iPad.

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September 17, 2014

Archival

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Archival to multiple nodes including online (SAN/NAS), cloud, PACS and offline volumes. Supports auto-fetch of images from archival nodes.

RADSpa® Archival is a long Term disaster management solution to archive images for 7 years or more. RADSpa® Archival is Solving Medical Imaging Problems Today with “State of the Art”, Affordable Cloud Technologies.

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September 17, 2014

Modality Worklist Generator

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Modality Worklist (MWL) enables primary imaging equipment (modalities- CT, MR, CR etc.) to query for Patient Demographics and Study Details from the MWL service, part of the RADSpa®.

Generates DICOM-compatible modality Worklist and supports MPPS for transferring the patient demographics to modality making it a error free image acquisition.

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September 17, 2014

Scheduler

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Supports centralized scheduling of patients to multiple modalities and locations / sites / centers / hospitals. RADSpa® provides patient scheduling feature along the MWL service, Which can be used for scheduling test for walk-in and prior appointments, RADSpa® Scheduler has features where once a patient record is stored user can search the patient record using MR number/Name/ Patient DOB.

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September 17, 2014

SCAN and Attach

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This solution will enable users to add patient documents to the order at the time of order creation. RADSpa® Scan will reduce the time taken for registration by eliminating paper, improving workflow and providing access to important clinical information, in a click of a button.

In summary it will streamline documentation processes resulting in patient satisfaction.

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September 17, 2014

DICOM router

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RADSpa® Router is a fast DICOM gateway that intelligently routes the images received from various modalities connected in a hospital enterprise to the PACS Servers, Workstations or any other configured destination DICOM nodes.

RADSpa® router uses proprietary algorithms to route the images in an efficient manner that makes maximum utilization of the network (bandwidth) and hardware (computer) resources.

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September 17, 2014

Connected Imaging

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Connected Imaging enables patients to access and manage their own images and medical data. And all this is possible with a touch of a button using a range of user friendly browser enabled devices. It is one of the secure portals that streamline communication between patients and healthcare providers.

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September 17, 2014

RADSpa® Analytics

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Provides historic analysis of large volume of data using BI (Business Intelligence) tools, Dashboard displays data summary and can be customized by content, layout and graph types TAT, Count and QA grades can be viewed through any combination of parameters including modality, hospital, imaging center, user, criticality, time etc. Custom MIS reports can be saved for quick view later.

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September 17, 2014

Radiology Information System – RIS

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Product is targeted to market where they want to add the Radiology Information System - RIS to an existing PACS. Radiologists can report on reads from anywhere, anytime through internet browser. RADSpa® RIS has a built in PACS and built on a single platform, resulting in reduce data entry, eliminating errors and increasing productivity throughout your radiology department.

 SMART RECONCILE of RADSpa® RIS  ensures authenticity of studies before radiologist assignment – Radiologist spends his time in analyzing the images rather than comparing/confirming study data, and finally eliminates multiple work-lists – enhances productivity.

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September 17, 2014

RADSpa® PACS Plus

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Product is targeted to markets where there is a requirement for PACS solution and the workflow, workflow rules/ parameters are not a mandatory requirement. RADSpa® PACS+ Provides enterprise-wide review, data management, distribution and archiving, and eliminates time and costs for radiologists to switch between multiple workstations.

RADSpa® PACS+ uses built in router and cache technology to address the need for a robust, reliable, user friendly, performance optimal, and seamless platform for transmitting, unifying and integrating diagnostic imaging data and attachments (PDF, JPEG, TIFF, etc), from multiple health care facilities, such that the imaging data can be sorted, routed, and made readily accessible to a distributed network of PACS.

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September 17, 2014

Cloud Solutions

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Breaking out from the boundaries of Radiology Information Systems and PACS, Telerad Tech™ developed a unique and revolutionary Radiology workflow solution or an Intelligence System called RADSpa® with an integrated image management (PACS).

While the traditional Radiology systems with disparate RIS & PACS work through the mundane work-flows, RADSpa®’s Radiology workflow Intelligence System incorporates several patent pending intelligent systems which maximize the Radiologists productivity & enhanced user experience. RADSpa™’s next generation work-flow can also work with and drive your existing PACS. You can realize higher productivity gains without any major upheaval of your IT environment.

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September 2, 2014

Moving Beyond PACS

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Product is targeted to markets where there is a requirement for PACS solution and the workflow, workflow rules/ parameters are not a mandatory requirement. RADSpa PACS+ Provides enterprise-wide review, data management, distribution and archiving, and eliminates time and costs for radiologists to switch between multiple workstations.

RADSpa PACS+ uses built in router and cache technology to address the need for a robust, reliable, user friendly, performance optimal, and seamless platform for transmitting, unifying and integrating diagnostic imaging data and attachments (PDF, JPEG, TIFF, etc), from multiple health care facilities, such that the imaging data can be sorted, routed, and made readily accessible to a distributed network of PACS. Read More

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September 2, 2014

RADSpa on Cloud

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Breaking out from the boundaries of Radiology Information Systems and PACS, TeleradTech® developed a unique and revolutionary Radiology workflow solution or an Intelligence System called RADSpa® with an integrated image management (PACS).

While the traditional Radiology systems with disparate RIS & PACS work through the mundane work-flows, RADSpa’ s Radiology workflow Intelligence System incorporates several patent pending intelligent systems which maximize the Radiologists productivity & enhanced user experience. RADSpa’s next generation work-flow can also work with and drive your existing PACS. You can realize higher productivity gains without any major upheaval of your IT environment. Read More

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July 5, 2014

Job Opportunities

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At Telerad Tech, we believe people are our strength. We fully understand each individual is different and we are committed to invest in the continued career development of our employees. To this end, we offer a competitive compensation and benefits program that rewards performance and motivates employees to strive towards excellence. Not just this, you will also be rewarded by a vibrant workplace! Read More

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