Teleradiology

The Radiologist Next Door

AltaPACS has supported the growth of RCA to become one of Canada’s largest teleradiology providers, using direct integration technologies with remote hospitals.

A diagnostic study consists of patient order information and images that must be integrated together for a radiologist, so they can view the images in context and provide a report of their findings. The reports must then be distributed back to the source ordering system for distribution, in turn, to referring clinicians.

AltaPACS has developed applications to receive electronic order information using the HL7 protocol, track each order for billing purposes, and return dictated reports directly back into the hospital radiology information system. The systems operate in real time without manual intervention by the hospitals. AltaPACS has also designed systems to protect the transmission of DICOM image files over low-bandwidth, high-latency networks allowing hospitals to have access to remote radiologists 24/7.

The result for the clients of RCA is a robust and reliable teleradiology system that makes it feel like the remote radiologist is in the next room.