These time-saving benefits — reducing many tasks to seconds — are wide-ranging, especially when access to a radiologist can be a challenge.
For example, the integration is especially useful at night when there might not be a radiologist on-site. Now, staff can more quickly share images and get advice from senior members of staff without a radiologist’s input.
Likewise, it benefits junior doctors who are still learning and often need to seek senior input or might want to ask the radiology team for advice. They can get a response from a senior member of staff within seconds of reviewing the images, and without either of them having to log in to a computer.
The same can be said for senior house officers (SHOs), who might also need senior input on a diagnosis. For example, they may be unsure whether a patient has a fracture and if they can’t find a registrar to review the image, they may err on the side of caution and ask for an additional CT scan. Now, because they can share images and collaborate with colleagues in real-time, they won’t need the scan, which in turn, reduces the burden on the radiology team.
“With this technology, we are providing clinicians with a much more efficient workflow process where they don’t have to take down details, login to computers, request unnecessary tests, or chase people.”
However, the benefits aren’t just for our internal colleagues. Our imaging strategy involves linking in with other Trusts. Even if they use a different PACS, we can supply them with access to XERO Viewer and Microsoft Teams, and they can view relevant images. We are already doing this with our vascular team, whose imaging is being carried out off-site.