Press Release COVID19

Vesta Teleradiology to Remain Open and Waive Setup Costs to Serve Clinics

Highlighting Benefits of Telemedicine Practices.

Vesta through its Teleradiology and Telemedicine departments is working with partners 24×7 to help them handle issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

Vesta Teleradiology has announced today that, despite the recent events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), operations will continue to move forward as usual, allowing valuable clients, their physicians and patients, access to much-needed support during this time of uncertainty and healthcare need. Vesta is partnering with healthcare providers, hospitals, communities and their partners nationwide to ensure respective radiology needs are being managed thoroughly and efficiently. Vesta’s radiology services are provided by remote, state licensed radiologists, reducing on-site staffing needs while mitigating risks for facilities and staff.

Vesta’s operations have been reorganized to provide a safe working environment for all employees while providing uninterrupted support 24×7 to Vesta’s valuable clients. To help imaging facilities during the current crisis, Vesta announced today that it is waiving setup costs for teleradiology, even for temporary backup coverage.

Vesta’s Locums department is working with clients to help with temporary coverage of onsite physicians as well as Technologists. In addition to teleradiology services, Vesta through its Telemedicine department currently provides coverage in Cardiology, Neurology, ICU, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Pulmonology and Allergy specialties.

About Vesta Teleradiology

Vesta brings teleradiology solutions and services, providing 24x7x365 access to highly qualified board-certified radiologists through a secure PACS. Vesta, a top 10 telemedicine company in the United States, offers comprehensive and affordable radiology and other telemedicine solutions for its partners. Vesta has been a pioneer in supportive diagnostic workflow technology and quality diagnostic services, steadfast in its passion to remain at the forefront of innovation in healthcare. Prospective clients are offered a free test drive of Vesta’s teleradiology service. For more information, please visit http://www.vestarad.com..

Vesta Recognized as top 10 Telemedicine Company in the US

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Ten years ago, who would have thought that the future of medical care would include smartphones, virtual clinics, and doctor visits more than taking medicines? Not many people, for sure. But today, healthcare sector has drastically transformed the way medical care is being provided to patients by adopting various types of telemedicine techniques. Be it the use of mobile phones to dispense medical treatment (mHealthcare) or increase in popularity of virtual doctor visits, telemedicine has gained huge traction in past few years. The role of mHealthcare and Telemedicine is further on growth trajectory as it offers an organized yet flexible environment to render medical treatment in the comfort of patients’ home.

While telemedicine had majorly remained limited to large academic medical centers for a few past years, the scenario is taking a sharp turn now. Presently, serving as a core technology in providing affordable and convenient healthcare services, telemedicine ensures that patients receive medical care and treatment ‘anywhere and at anytime’, thereby increasing customer satisfaction. All across the globe, healthcare providers are exploring and investing in several latest telemedicine services that would give way to reducing the time delay in patients receiving care.

As CIOs of healthcare organizations plan to integrate telemedicine into their current healthcare services, investing in the right telemedicine services provider emerges as the top most priority for them. In a bid to help CIOs overcome their uncertainty in choosing one particular provider over another, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts along with the editorial panel of Healthcare Tech Outlook have listed top 10 telemedicine service providers in the current edition. These telemedicine service providers have been hand-picked for their customer-centric approach toward offering telemedicine solutions.

We present to you Healthcare Tech Outlook’s ‘Top 10 Telemedicine Consulting/Services Companies 2019’

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Company: Vesta Teleradiology
Description: Full Service Teleradiology provider offering Professional Teleradiology as well as IT Consulting Services designed to benefit Hospitals, Imaging Centers, Mobile X-Ray/US providers and Urgent Care Centers
Key Person: Vijay Vonguru President
Website: vestarad.com

Vesta Teleradiology Modernizing the Diagnostic Landscape

As a highly experienced executive in strategic planning, business analytics, operations, and IT solutions, Vijay Vonguru has seen from close quarters how the everchanging technology and the constant development of new advancements have impacted the healthcare industry. Having led his venture, Vesta Teleradiology—a teleradiology services provider—for more than a decade, Vonguru affirms, “While change is constant in healthcare, what hasn’t changed over the years is the timely delivery of quality patient care. While the processes and technologies continue to change, the fundamentals remain the same. Whether providing the care in person or through telemedicine, it all comes down to delivering highest quality care with rapid turnaround. This is our fundamental guiding principle at Vesta.”

Vesta closely monitors the developments in healthcare, and ensures its clients are primed to embrace and reap the benefits of these advancements. Vesta offers teleradiology services, providing 24x7x365 access to their highly qualified US-based Board-certified radiologists through a secure PACS. The company has been a pioneer in supportive diagnostic workflow technology and quality diagnostic services. With an internal IT team, Vesta is able to review the latest technologies that are available in the market, customize them in a way to help its team of Radiologists improve their quality and productivity.

Underscoring the challenges in this space, Vonguru mentions that majority of problems aggravate because companies fail to develop a proper understanding of clients’ changing needs. To provide quality reports, Radiologists need detailed medical history of the patients along with relevant priors. With the highvolume case load that Radiologists need to complete each day, they are being forced to rush through the cases and spending limited amount of time on each case resulting in quality issues. Vesta has invested heavily in its technology to create efficient workflow and make the clinical history navigation process extremely simple. Vesta is working with some of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) vendors to incorporate some of the cutting-edge algorithms that will make the process more efficient and help improve the quality and turnaround.

When Vesta onboards new clients, the onboarding team works closely with the client with a goal of understanding the client’s current processes along with client’s expectations on where they would like to see themselves in the medium-term and long-term future. Once the requirements are identified, the Operations team creates a workflow that will help facilitate the growth needs of the client. “This customized workflow helps the client grow which in turn helps in Vesta’s growth creating a win-win strategy,” explains Vonguru. Client facilities are under constant pressure from their competition as well as patient

While change is constant in healthcare, what hasn’t changed over the years is the timely delivery of quality patient care

demands. Vesta’s 24x7x365 customer service is available to answer any questions and address client’s needs.

The uniqueness of Vesta comes from its ability to adapt. Vesta and its staff are aware of the changes that are happening in the healthcare industry and know that the company has to constantly reinvent itself to stay relevant and support its clients to navigate their demands, and at the same time providing support to its Radiologists to be efficient and maintain high quality. As described by Vonguru, the strength of the organization lies in its three pillars—the technology, the operational staff, and the workflow.

Moving forward, Vesta is working on implementing its knowledge gained over a decade in Teleradiology in the areas of cardiology, neurology, psych and other medical areas. “We aim to combine all workflows while following the standard guiding principles to ensure quality diagnosis and deliver effective and timely treatments for the patients,” concludes Vonguru.

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The United States spends 2.7 trillion dollars annually on healthcare, more than any other country. The Affordable Care Act, (ACA) when it was signed into law in 2010…

Preliminary Data On Affordable Care Act Since Supreme Court Approval

The United States spends 2.7 trillion dollars annually on healthcare, more than any other country. The Affordable Care Act, (ACA) when it was signed into law in 2010, attempted to make that landmark first step, in providing universal healthcare available to all. Though the ACA was enacted in 2010, only certain provisions were in place at it’s inception. The full force of the multi-pronged strategic manifesto, that is the Affordable Care Act, were not truly a reality until 2013. Given the relatively short time frame in which to gather outcomes data, only very specific subsets of data are available upon which to draw conclusions. This is not unexpected however, and as more time passes under the ACA, information will continue to trickle in. In much the same way that the hallmark Medicare Act and implementation in 1965, when Medicare was enacted,one would expect that universal healthcare coverage of an older population, with more chronic illness, would give rise to a tsunami of health outcomes data. That was simply not the case, data trickled in, and now 50 years later, the Medicare Program is the yardstick by which all parameters within healthcare are measured. With the passage of time we will have a much larger pool of data to draw upon to measure the true successes or failures of the Affordable Care Act in achieving its goals.

Though the data is sparse, there have been several overarching achievements. Among them, an uninsured population is at the lowest level in years, there is improved access to care and utilization of services, as well a significant decrease in the financial burden faced by hospitals for uncompensated care. Two specific areas that have been studied in further depth involve two programs, for which we have specific data with defined health indices.

An area that has received quite a bit of attention, for several reasons and has the most actual disease specific statistical data, is a provision under the Affordable Care Act, known as Medicare’s Hospital Re-admissions Reduction Program ( HRRP). This was one of the promised Medicare reform measures, promised under the ACA. Within this program, Medicare provides financial incentives to hospitals who lower readmission rates for common illnesses seen in this population. Specifically,it measures readmission for Myocardial Infarction, Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, as well as post-surgical re-admissions for complications of elective Knee and Hip Arthroplasty or replacement. Data has gathered across the country at all hospitals and readmission rates were measured and data accumulated. Readmission was defined as readmission to a hospital within 30 days.

Historically, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. An estimated three-quarters of these re-admissions were considered preventable. Beginning fiscal year 2013, the hospitals in violation of the Hospital Re-admissions Reduction Program, who had a substantial number of “bounce-backs” or early re-admissions for conditions that fell within the measured indices ( MI, CHF,Pneumonia, COPD, and most recently, post op knee and hip replacements with complications) were levied heavy penalties. Since it’s 2013 inception, the HRRP has penalize some 2,200 hospitals. According to a report in Health Affairs, the sum aggregate of these penalties has resulted in 280 million dollars in Medicare payments, by the penalized hospitals.

There is reason to believe that the new HRRP provision has had a positive effect in lowering hospital readmission rates, and will continue to show improvement as hospitals institute protocols to meet these goals, and this is good the patients. The CMS, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare’s governing body, reported a 17.8% decrease in re-admissions, which translates to roughly 70,000 fewer patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Given that presumptively three-quarters of these admissions are preventable, further strategies are directed on ways for patients to receive improved aftercare, where early indicators of disease exacerbations, decompensation or wound infections, could be diagnosed and treated promptly, prior to requiring hospital readmission.

The ACA promises to utilize novel approaches and provide transparency in improving compliance HRRP initiatives. Recognition of early indicators of patient decompensation is not a novel concept. However, novel modalities can be utilized to meet this goal. Newer technologies such as teleradiology services and telemedicine may provide an avenue for early recognition of symptoms and prompt management, prior to incurring a HRRP penalty. In this population, many go to skilled nursing facilities upon discharge, where symptoms which can be accessed clinically and confirmed, with mobile radiology services, such as those provided by Vesta’s professional staff. Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease diagnoses can be readily achieved with a simple chest radiograph. Catching an early pneumonia before the patient has respiratory compromise or worse, sepsis, and requires readmission, could be so easily achieved with the convenience of mobile .teleradiology groups and an inexpensive chest x-ray.

Providers of teleradiology services, such as Vesta, provide professionally trained staff and seasoned radiologists who can provide prompt interpretation of films and mean the difference between missing a diagnosis, and risking failure on one of the HRRP monitored diseases. This seems an extremely reasonable, convenient and cost effective measure, that could be implemented to prevent hospital readmissions. Proving both beneficial in optimizing patient care as well as avoiding a HRRP penalty. Additionally, given the HRRP required transparency, the multiple levels of Quality Assurance measures, implemented by Vesta, would make compliance a simplified process.

In late 2014, the HRRP was expanded to include re-admissions for complications of elective total knee and hip replacements. These complications again can be readily diagnosed with plain radiographs. Ultrasonography services, also offered by Vesta’s menu of mobile services ,can also be useful in determining the location of an infected hematoma or joint abscess, as well as ruling out deep vein thrombosis, a risk factor after all lower extremity orthopedic surgeries. If a convenient, cost -effective modality exists to recognize and initiate early treatment is so readily available, in the form of mobile teleradiology services, this should be considered an important tool in the early recognition of the HRRP monitored diseases, and action taken to implement these novel approaches.. In this new environment, of ACA mediated Medicare reforms, such as the HRRP, the new guidelines poses a substantial financial penalty. Ideally, these provisions will lead to not only decreased rates of readmission, but an overall decrease in morbidity and mortality, lives saved.

With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act provisions were made with the goal of universal health coverage and ultimately, improved health and well being of our nation’s citizenry. Special provisions were made to include Medicare reforms through a caudry of special programs, one we have touched on here, the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, aimed at improving health outcomes for seniors and securing the Medicare Program through a series of initiatives which will generate billions of dollars back into the program. The law also includes initiatives to improve quality-based medical treatment as well as promote new models of healthcare delivery, reduce waste and modernize our healthcare system. While it is still too early to tell, data compiled on specific initiatives, could show progress in improving outcomes on specific common illnesses, such as the diseases we have discussed in this piece. Further, data will follow and allow us further to evaluate the degree to which progress is being made and areas which require further study or improvement, to determine overall, how we are doing as a nation in achieving the lofty goals inspired by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA tasked our healthcare system with providing evidence-based, novel strategies to improve healthcare outcomes.. The services provided by groups such as Vesta are innovative, cost-effective and subject to multiple levels of quality assurance initiatives that provide the transparency and compliance data required in this new healthcare landscape.

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