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Utilization of Teleradiology by Intensive Care Units: A Cohort Study

Pallavi Rao, Neetika Mathur, Arjun Kalyanpur

Keywords : Healthcare, Intensive care units, Radiologist, Teleradiology, Turnaround time

Citation Information : Rao P, Mathur N, Kalyanpur A. Utilization of Teleradiology by Intensive Care Units: A Cohort Study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2024; 28 (1):20-25.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24593

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Aim and background: Imaging is indispensable to the diagnostic and treatment process. By facilitating access to rapid timely image interpretation, teleradiology plays a prominent role in improving access, quality of critical care, and management of the patients in intensive care units (ICU). The aim of the study is to investigate the role of teleradiology in ICU patient care and management. Materials and methods: In our study, a total of 22,081 studies of a cohort of 14,900 patients which had been transmitted from intensive care units of 80 hospitals located across the United States of America through a teleradiology reporting workflow, were interpreted by the American Board Certified Radiologists empanelled by a teleradiology service provider, located in India. Results: Among all modalities, the highest percentage of studies performed were computed tomography scan (47%) followed by radiographs (37.22%). Out of 22,081 cases under the study, 16,582 cases were reported during nighttime with a mean turnaround time (TAT) of 46.66 minutes 95% CI (46.27–47.04) while 5,499 cases were reported during daytime with a mean TAT of 44.66 minutes 95% CI (45.40–43.92). Conclusion: Setting up teleradiology service connectivity with a teleradiology service provider located in India, providing high-quality diagnostic interpretations and lower turnaround time with the ICUs in the US hospitals reduces the interval to intervention time and leads to efficient patient care management. Moreover, it also provides time advantage for US hospitals when on-site radiologists at night are unable to provide immediate coverage. Clinical significance: The ICU teleradiology service model designed in the study would greatly help overcome the shortfall of radiologists in the hospitals, provide better patient management and care by quality reporting in short turnaround time, not only during daytime but also in the night hours or on holidays when on-site radiologists are unable to provide immediate coverage.

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