How healthcare providers are adapting to the era of telehealth and why radiology was uniquely suited to become hybrid


Changes in the medical environment are becoming more important than ever for the general public, with telehealth being a growing – and most likely permanent – ​​practice. For healthcare providers under immense pressure to provide quality care to COVID and non-COVID patients, having reliable medical technology is essential for functionality.

Healthcare professionals have a unique opportunity to ensure that these changing healthcare practices and patient experiences are ultimately positive, with an increased presence of technology to facilitate hybrid training and patient care. Collaboration between healthcare professionals via live video interactions is now a reality and will likely be a practice that will continue to grow in the future.

As a result, technology companies are mobilizing to respond to these positive coronavirus-induced developments by offering products and services that drive growth and optimal patient care.

Healthcare facilities and technology companies can generate the most productive and positive medical environments possible in a world recovering from COVID-19.

The increased use of technology and the emphasis on hybrid healthcare will have lasting effects on our current healthcare system and the normalcy of patient care. More than ever, hospitals are operating in a largely online world, so it is essential to familiarize practitioners and patients with hybrid healthcare.

Many clinicians and educators are embracing the use of live video in training future physicians, including surgeons and radiologists, and other healthcare professionals. For this reason, the proactive integration of high-end advanced technologies into healthcare environments is increasingly necessary.

Specifically, radiology is a medical field uniquely qualified to adopt a hybrid form of education and service. Diagnostic radiology is largely electronic work as is, allowing for a relatively smooth transition to telehealth during the pandemic. A December 2021 Radiology Business article reported that the University of Virginia School of Medicine has successfully operated a remote radiology residency program since late 2020 to maintain optimal productivity and COVID safety.

This trend of remote radiology work continues to grow and allows for more flexibility, but more importantly, it allows for timely image reading. It is essential that the technology in radiologists’ home offices offers the same level of precision as in a hospital environment.

Not only do remote radiologists need a computer system to run their favorite PACS, but they also need diagnostic monitors that are lightweight, easy to connect, and allow them to read images with a high degree of accuracy.

With the rise of hybrid radiology, technology companies need to ensure remote and in-person radiologists, educators, and students have the tools they need to succeed. Manufacturers must make telehealth, hybrid collaboration and learning possible and, in turn, must listen and respond to the demands of radiologists and healthcare professionals. Technology companies can also offer insight into which technology systems are best suited for individual installations and offer expert pre- and post-installation engineering services for a smooth transition.

Certain technology features are particularly important for functionality and to ensure that radiologists and other healthcare professionals are supported in their aspirations to provide excellent patient care. Low-dose imaging in radiology equipment, high image sensitivity, and pristine image quality are top priorities for radiologists, and many technology vendors meet these requirements.

Tech companies can also provide easy-to-install, lightweight, wireless radiology equipment to make it easier to move around hospitals as needed. Wireless X-ray detectors have been very useful during the pandemic because clinicians can use them in a variety of locations.

Manufacturers are now providing cost-conscious radiology equipment, meeting compliance needs and securing patient information securely, making the upgrade decision simple.

Going forward, radiologists and all healthcare professionals have the opportunity to re-examine and optimize workflows and patient care in collaboration with new, cutting-edge technology provided by manufacturers.

By working together, healthcare institutions and technology companies can create the most productive and positive medical environments possible in a world recovering from COVID-19.

Brian Fabrizio is Team Leader of Medical Information Displays at LG Business Solutions USA.

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