Remote Technology – the benefits for echocardiography services

Friday, March 1, 2019

Technological advancements continue to play a key role in the safe and effective delivery of healthcare services across the world. It has fundamentally changed the way health professionals are able to share, access, analyse and report on exams in a much easier and more efficient fashion.

In recent years, remote technologies have become standard practice in delivering radiology services. As a result of this success, it is now being used to support the delivery of services within echocardiography.

Increased in the demands for imagining services

Delivery of echocardiography services faces two major challenges:

Ageing population
More people are living longer with congenital heart disease, a condition which needs to be regularly monitored. It is likely that echocardiography services will soon be delivered over a 7-day working week.
Time to care

Skill shortages
A recently identified shortfall in cardiac physiologists in the UK threatens the ability to stretch cardiology services over a proposed 7-day week.
British Society of Echocardiography

How can remote technology overcome these challenges?

Access to more echocardiography professionals than ever before
Remote technology provides access to experienced BSE or equivalent echocardiographers across the UK. Remote reporting can be undertaken anywhere anytime, removing the need to find a local professional. It also supports flexible work options for experienced echocardiographers who may not be interested in full time positions.

Images are instantly available for diagnosis & clinical management
Remote reporting allows echocardiographers to securely report, review and refer from anywhere in the country, via secure cloud-based reporting systems with internet access. This allows organisations to seamlessly integrate patient images and reports, improving their clinical management.

Operational efficiencies & increased healthcare access
Remote reporting can help to reduce appointment times. This alleviates capacity restraints and in turn will reduce patient waiting times for clinical diagnosis and treatment. This flexibility allows the possibility of assessing images and completing reports outside ‘standard’ working hours. 

How can we help?

ICS Diagnostics will provide remote analysis of your unreported echocardiograms. Further details can be viewed here.

Raechelle Young
Operations Manager

Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce Feb 2018 - page 6

British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Cardiac Physiology Workforce Analysis Options