Timely diagnosis can save a life. Having the correct medical documents, especially in cases where a critical patient has to be transferred from one hospital to another is really important and a lot of time is wasted in it. However, Tamil Nadu has come up with a solution that could solve this problem. Soon, MRI and CT scan machines in all Tamil Nadu government hospitals will be connected to a network, making the results accessible to radiologists sitting anywhere in the state. Radiologists will be given laptops with an integrated SIM and 4G data. Duty doctors or technicians will flag emergencies and radiologists from across the state will be able to access the scans on the cloud for interpretation.
Tamil Nadu will become first state in India to have such a fully networked teleradiology system. The state health department has already rolled out teleradiology services on a pilot basis from the tertiary care hospital along with two district hospitals headquartered at Pollachi and Kallakurichi with the aim to help doctors to give reports as early as possible. Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation has also launched another experimental project where patients visiting government hospitals in the state will now receive an alert on their phones when scan reports are ready along with a copy of the report sent to their email accounts. – India Times