A typical radiologist may analyze 100 or more MRIs or X-rays every day. But because radiologists are either generalists or subspecialists, they often need to consult with other radiologists who are specialized in other areas. National radiology practice Virtual Radiologic (vRad) has more than 400 radiologists serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals, and 75% of its radiologists are specialized. vRad radiologists diagnose exams remotely using a proprietary, cloud-based telemedicine platform built with Microsoft .NET technologies that include an FDA-approved medical imaging diagnostic system.
But managing subspecialty consults is still the biggest challenge for vRad. If radiologists are interrupted, turnaround times for patient care can be affected. To avoid this, vRad developed and integrated an automated consult workflow engine into its cloud-based imaging platform. Among other things, the system can display subspecialists available for consults based on workload, make exam images instantly available to the accepting subspecialist, and let the requesting radiologist scroll and annotate images in real time that are visible to the accepting subspecialist via desktop remote control. vRad says the consult workflow engine has increased productivity by making it easier for subspecialists to take consults during scarce minutes between exams.