Radiology is the act of having body imaging scans done, such as x-rays, CT-scans, MRI, and the like. Years ago when these tests were done, people were transported back and forth to the hospital or to the diagnostic center. If you have any physical disability or suffering from old age (veterans), often, these can be troublesome and costly.
Radiology tests are very important because they give doctors a chance to see what’s going on inside the body. Hence, it plays a pivotal role in determining what’s really wrong with the patient, particularly for veterans that are already aging.
All thanks to technology, radiology has now become even better through teleradiology. This refers to the electronic transmission of radiology results to and from areas where there’s no doctor available to interpret it in the place where the patient is located.
For veterans, this means a lesser need to travel back and forth the hospital and other benefits, like the following:
- It Offers Convenience
This first benefit is one of the most critical ways that teleradiology services are helping treat veterans. It offers comfort and convenience to them.
When you think about the veterans, you know them as the war veterans. Hence, you would also know around which age group they belong to. If they have an ailment, it can be very inconvenient for them to travel from one hospital or diagnostic center to another. Especially so if there isn’t any radiology expert in the location in which they live.
With teleradiology, now the testing can be done right where they are, and the results are to be transmitted electronically. There’s already no need for the veteran patient to repeatedly go back and forth the hospital. They’ll only receive a call once there’s already a clear interpretation of the results.
- It Allows Access To Better Specialists
In some cases, a specialist may be needed. However, if the ailing veteran lives in a small town, often, there’s no specialist available. These doctors are found in more prominent hospitals in the metropolitan. Remember, too, that most often than not, veterans live by themselves. If they have to travel to bigger hospitals, they don’t have family members to accompany them. Hence, the tendency is for them to settle without having the treatment that they need.
Without teleradiology, these veterans are deprived of the opportunity to have access to better specialists who can give a more defined and in-depth interpretation of the laboratory results. With this better form of communication, the transmission of results from one specialist to another is also made more speedy and accurate.
- It Gives Better Patient And Emergency Care
Great quality patient care is one of the greatest needs of the dear veterans. Whenever they feel ill because of their old age, priority patient care is of paramount importance. In some other cases, too, they might be in a state of emergency. Teleradiology enables doctors at the location of the patient to call and have a conference with better specialists in bigger hospitals, which can be miles away.
This is done simultaneously while the specialist reads and interprets the radiology results, and the patient is awaiting care as well on the other end. This eliminates the need for the patient to have to be forcibly transferred to the bigger hospital, without first receiving emergency care to stabilize him as of the moment.
Because of this technological advancement, ailing veterans (and even any other patient in general) now have access to better patient and emergency care.
- It Translates To Better Savings
While the health insurance might cover most medical services that veterans enjoy, this doesn’t cover the travel expenses needed. Unless the veteran is on an inpatient medical purpose, and transport is done by ambulance hospital to hospital, in some cases this is covered by medical insurance.
But, radiology services are often diagnostic and outpatient. If there are no medical experts in the location of the ailing veteran, they have no choice but to spend on the travel needed for them to get to the nearest major hospital. This expense can get costly.
With teleradiology, because physical travel of the patient is no longer needed, the veteran patient can have more savings as well. They can still have the best interpretation of their radiology lab results without having to travel to another city or locality.
Technology is indeed changing the lives of people for the better. Not only are you now limited to just physical examinations, but the transmission of results of delicate tests can now be done electronically as well.
Teleradiology comes with it quite a lot of challenges, but even more advantages. With recent upgrades in the field of telemedicine, consultations and check-ups are now made even more convenient and speedy as well.