Apollo Hospitals Introduces Teleradiology Remote Consulting and Diagnostic Services

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, January 7, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): Apollo Hospitals Introduces Teleradiology Remote Consulting and Diagnostic Services Inaugurated by honourable former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Teleradiology technology will help diagnostic radiology centers to transmit images from distant and remote locations to Expert Reading locations for diagnostic consensus that can enable better treatment of patients in remote locations.

In yet another feat to take world class healthcare to all in India, leading healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals today launched a superior remote consulting and diagnostic -Teleradiology services at its Flagship Hospital in Chennai. Inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Honourable Former President of India, this technology intervention will help patients and diagnostic centres in remote locations to access expert radiologist with their radiology images for expert opinion and get appropriate treatment recommendations. This service will play a very vital role in reducing patient waiting time for diagnosis, treatment commencement and cost.

Teleradiology is an emerging field that has the potential to benefit both patients and healthcare service providers immensely as it helps eliminate distance barriers and improve access to quality health services or information that otherwise are not available in rural and distant communities. They play an invaluable role in emergency and critical care situations especially where moving a patient may be undesirable or not feasible. Not only does this technology lessen the inconvenience and cost of patient transfers but will also help reduce unnecessary travel time for health professionals to multiplex their services beyond boundaries where by improve efficiency and to reduce cost.

“Since three decades we have been innovating on our facilities and introducing new technologies to better healthcare reach and administration.  Teleradiology as a technology can transform rural healthcare delivery by empowering both patients and doctors alike. While rural practitioners can gain access to specialist health services and benefit from interactions with consultants and specialists, patients can receive health information and advice from health professionals from the convenience of their homes.” said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo hospitals Group.

How the technology works:

An X-Ray, CT, MRI and any clinical images are transferred as loss less DICOM formats to a centralized PACS data centre on a secured mode.  These files, including accompanying medical notes, are electronically accessed by expert radiologists at the state of the art Apollo Tele-Radiology Reading centres-ATRC at Apollo hospitals Chennai.

The radiologist in the tertiary care site opens the file and reviews the x-rays, CT, MRI and other clinical images and notes in order to confirm and/or determine a diagnosis at single location with multiple levels of expertise in Radiology sciences.

The file and accompanying medical inferences, recommendations and notes are then electronically reported back to the remote and distant diagnostic centres/hospitals or patients.

The patient is informed of diagnosis without having to meet the radiologist in person. The whole process from the time patient images and parameters captured can be completed in less than 30 to 40 minutes which otherwise takes more than a day or a week depending on the complexity of the patient condition.

Benefits & Advantages of Teleradiology

Without rapid access to medical imaging results, diagnosis and treatment delays would be the norm of the day and the cost of care would be even greater. The advantage of having a Teleradiology group is that it can provide a team of specialized teleradiologists for patients, and moreover, emergency services are also provided effectively, bringing down the waiting time for patients. The Teleradiology group has several specialties and sub-specialties available such as Neuroradiologists, Musculoskeletal radiologists, Abdomen and Pelvic imaging specialists, Woman’s imaging specialists and Cardiac radiologists. When the scans are sent to the group, the group assigns the reporting to the specialists, thereby the hospital treating the patient gets the best specialist report in that particular speciality.

Teleradiology allows for trained specialists to be available 24/7 to read patients’ images. Teleradiology services allow hospitals to treat patients round the clock. The biggest benefits of Teleradiology are in cost reduction and towards improving the quality of the reports for the patients.

About Apollo Hospitals

In 1983, Dr Prathap C Reddy, the architect of modern healthcare in India had launched the country’s first corporate hospital -Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Over three decades, it has emerged as Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare organizations with 61 hospitals, 1517 pharmacies and 102 diagnostic clinics. The Apollo Hospitals Group also offers health insurance services, healthcare IT services and has clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research.

With a goal to develop skilled health human resources, the Apollo Hospitals Group currently has 1 Medical college, 8 Nursing Colleges, 3 Nursing Schools, 2 Management Institutes, 1 Physiotherapy College and 15 Paramedical Programmes affiliated to State Medical Universities under its not for profit organizations - Apollo Hospitals Educational Trust, Chennai and Apollo Hospitals Educational Research Foundation, Hyderabad.

Collaborating with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation, Apollo Meds kills Ltd plans to contribute to the skilling requirements of the country by adding 4 lakh healthcare professionals to the industry by 2022.

Honouring Apollo Hospitals’ commitment to healthcare, the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp, the first ever for a healthcare organization. Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group was conferred the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to healthcare. For 30 years, Apollo Hospitals has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation.