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Remote radiologists and IT support teams find big advantages with internet-enabled diagnostic displays

Radiologists reading on home workstations have become a permanent feature of the post-COVID modern medical landscape. Whether every day or just one or two days a week, the flexibility of working at home is irresistible to many top physicians – and leading radiology groups and imaging facilities should be thinking about the best ways to accommodate and support them.  

I can say from experience, having managed the reading environment for vRad’s 500 radiologists over the past 12 years, that supporting work-from-home options can be time consuming for both the radiologists and the IT team. One area where this comes into play is the workstation displays used by the radiologist to view images. It is up to the facility to ensure that radiologists are reading from displays that are appropriately calibrated, lit, cleaned, and maintained. Without the right tools, managing this can be labor intensive, chewing into the radiologists’ productivity, as well as that of the IT support team. 

We’re in the middle of rolling out Barco internet-enabled diagnostic displays to all 500 of our radiologists. If you’re a practice employing remote readers or a radiologist considering remote work, I’ll share with you the significant challenges we’re solving with these new monitors.  

I spend nearly 100% of my shift reading images. Here's how.

Can you recall the last shift during which you spent close to 100% of your time on clinical duties?

I can. It was my last shift. I had no administrative obligations, no committee meetings, no software glitches, no running around trying to find a physician or tech—just eyes on images and voice into the mic.

Then again, every shift is like that for me. After working in several private practices, I’ve spent the last 11 years doing full-time teleradiology—backed 24/7 by a superb support team of 51 dedicated staff.

Rad Results: The mobile app that connects radiologists with the patient care team

Originally published by Michael Walter on Radiology Business

In radiology, it is vital for radiologists to connect with the entire patient care team in a seamless and timely manner.

Imaging providers have done this over the years through such tools as land lines, pagers, fax machines and integrating with the electronic medical record (EMR). Some radiology practices even have their own secure client portal for this very purpose.

But times are changing. Communication among healthcare providers is more complicated now than ever. Radiologists are working on a broader array of technology platforms from diverse locations, including from home. Care teams are getting larger with an increasing need for near real-time communication. The old ways of delivering radiology results are imperfect for this new era of modern medicine. One dropped connection or wrong number can cause wasteful delays and even harmful outcomes.

QA: A New Frontier in AI-Enabled Radiology

Radiologists and healthcare administrators have been waiting a long time for the arrival of promised AI tools for radiology. Most AI applications used by radiology providers today are focused on worklist prioritization. While improving the speed of patient care is incredibly important, recent strides in quality improvement open a new world of possibility.

Q&A: vRad’s CIO on AI beyond worklist prioritization, new solutions for radiologists, COVID-19 and more

Originally published by Michael Walter as Q&A: vRad’s CIO on AI beyond worklist prioritization, new solutions for radiologists, COVID-19 and more on Radiology Business 

As 2020 comes to a close, radiologists find their profession at a major crossroads. AI and other game-changing technologies are rapidly evolving, government policies are forcing practices to rethink their business models, and a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic continues to cause chaos for the entire healthcare industry. 

With that wealth of opportunities and challenges in mind, Radiology Business spoke with Imad B. Nijim, the chief information officer at vRad, about what the future may hold for both his own company and the imaging industry as a whole. Nijim is a veteran of the healthcare technology space, spending considerable time focused on radiology, and has seen the industry undergo countless changes over the years.

Incremental Improvements for Radiologists Can Add Up To Big Gains In Performance

Because I work as a teleradiologist, I (thankfully) no longer have to commute to get to work. Living in southern California, traffic is one of the things I do not miss at all. I used to spend a lot of time behind the wheel driving to the hospital where I worked, thinking of ways I could make my commute faster and more efficient. Admittedly, I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to time and efficiency, especially in the way I work.

Video: What does a teleradiologist experience on the best radiology platform?

Behind the scenes, it takes a lot of complex technology and sophisticated software to make an advanced reading platform run so seamlessly. At vRad, our incomparable team of technologists and programmers are developing some of the most advanced applications in the medical industry, all with the goal of empowering radiologists to practice radiology free from unnecessary interruptions, distractions, logistical hurdles, and administrative burdens.

New Radiology AI Models Reduce Time to Care

Accelerating care delivery

I am pleased to share that vRad has deployed two additional Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to our imaging platform, bringing the total to seven active models helping patients right now.

The first new model identifies pneumoperitoneum in chest CTs, and the second model identifies testicular torsion in ultrasound scans. Both conditions are critical, and timely diagnoses will have a positive impact on patient outcomes. As with all our innovation and product development, our models are immediately available to clients as part of our AI-enhanced on-the-ground and in-the-cloud radiology solutions.

I left vRad. This is why I came back.

After 11 years as a vRad radiologist – 3 of them as Clinical Chief of Abdominal Imaging – I left in 2019 for a teleradiology position at another well-known national practice. Just 9 months later, I’m back. Here’s why.