As healthcare facilities in some countries begin resuming elective examinations and procedures for patients with cancer , heart disease, and other conditions while continuing to provide critical treatment for COVID-19 patients, radiology departments may eventually be faced with more pressure.
Juggling such roles efficiently would require healthcare practitioners to adopt emerging care delivery models focused on reliable diagnostics and efficient telehealth networks, and workflows that respond quickly to evolving situations rapidly.
Getting diagnostic examinations first-time right
Smart diagnostic systems may also provide support for diagnostic imaging to prevent needless repeat scans that waste time and budget, leading to delayed diagnosis and care.
Similarly, technology can help patient positioning in diagnostic X-ray to accelerate image retrieval and avoid premature recoveries, enabling one clinic to go from scanning 680 patients a month to nearly 1,200 a month.
Optimizing workflows to drive safety and operational efficiency
Artificial Intelligence ( AI) has the ability in the diagnostic process to allow the radiologist, the technologist, and the physician to turn knowledge into actionable observations to help clinical decision taking. The predictive insights of AI can be especially useful in the ICU, where the life of a patient may rely on timely interventions when their condition is about to deteriorate. We see the ability to enhance the detection and isolation of positive patients with COVID-19, and to increase diagnosis for all patients.
Digital engagement helps keep patients safe and personalizes care
With extreme care delivery delays and increased patient anxiety, successful monitoring and communication between care providers and patients is difficult, but crucial. Remote patient surveillance, which can minimise exposure to a high-risk environment for both patients and healthcare personnel, has become a key approach in helping at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While clinicians can treat patients in isolation rooms and accommodate home visits and births when possible, there are tools and solutions available that enable the remote and continuous monitoring of fetal and maternal vitals which manage patient care while reducing the risk of exposure for care providers.
As imaging services start rescheduling elective procedures, timely patient engagement will remain essential, with studies showing that automated reminders can lead to a 42 per cent reduction in patient no-shows and a 67 per cent reduction in poor patient preparation.
Obtaining the best diagnostic results is of course just one milestone on a patient’s journey through a value-based healthcare system. COVID-19 is also speeding up innovation in other healthcare fields, such as image-guided therapy and connected care. This time period is becoming a defining moment for digital healthcare innovation, bringing together healthcare professionals, scientists and IT experts to re-imagine healthcare the way it should be.Read More In The Source