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How Has COVID-19 Affected the Teleradiology World?

What began as a localized virus has quickly escalated to a worldwide pandemic that has had a major impact on all of our lives. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease that originated from a new virus. Similar to the flu, it causes respiratory illness with symptoms including cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 is spread through human contact via coughing or sneezing or when a person touches an infected surface then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. With no known cure or preventative vaccine in place, and over 375,000 confirmed cases across the globe, drastic precautionary measures have been put into place to try and stop its rapid spread.

Effects of COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is changing the way societies around the world conduct business, how residents interact within communities, and how we live our everyday lives. The toll this virus has taken on human life has been astronomical, reaching 196 countries or territories, infecting over 445,000 people, and claiming over 19,000 lives. With increasing cases and no known cure, panic is sweeping the globe and emergency response is required.

In addition to significant loss of life, COVID-19 has largely affected everyday bodily habits, social interactions, and economic exchanges. We have seen social, physical, mental, and psychosocial impacts as a result of this widespread crisis. Humans are largely confined to their own homes and encouraged not to leave, businesses and schools have closed indefinitely, jobs have been lost, and the economy has taken a serious hit.

What was once viewed as a normal, everyday activity such as a trip to a shop or local gym, or even basic human contact, is now considered a high-risk situation and is highly discouraged.

Teleradiology and COVID-19

There have been countless and significant impacts on the medical world as a whole, along with various specific medical fields, since the beginning of this global outbreak. The teleradiology world is no stranger to these effects. Diagnostic imaging centers are experiencing drops in volume, and many are reducing their days of operation to accommodate patients, while at the same time reducing risk to staff.

Additionally, hospitals around the world are focusing their resources toward teleradiology so radiologists can work remotely from home. This will reduce radiologist exposure to the virus, increase physician efficiency, and bolster the flexibility of the workforce.

It is vital that imaging facilities are properly prepared for the COVID-19 crisis so that greater measures can be taken by radiology staff to control the effects of the outbreak on all medical personnel.

Reach Out to Specialty Teleradiology Today

We understand radiology practices are implementing measures to protect the health and safety of their patients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are interested in learning more information about how our team at Specialty Teleradiology may be able to assist your radiology practice during these unprecedented times, please reach out to us today with any questions.

Even more important now during this time of reduced social connectivity, Specialty Teleradiology offers a personal, consultative approach to our radiology partners. If you are in need of reliable and efficient teleradiology services, our team at Specialty Teleradiology can help you.

We want to thank you for your continued support throughout this worldwide crisis. We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this time.

Lisa Drazil

About The Author

Lisa Drazil - VP / Administator

Lisa Drazil is Administrative Director for Specialty Teleradiology. Her medical career began as a Nuclear Medicine/PET technologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Lisa then went on to develop, staff, and manage various imaging centers across the country. Her medical background combined with her health administration experience provide a valuable insight into the needs of the diagnostic imaging practices that Specialty Teleradiology serves.