Press Release COVID19

Lake Mary, FL, March 17th 2020.

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 www.vestarad.com.

2019 Healthcare in Review

 Health care continued as the hot-button topic for the American public and its policymakers in 2019. Congress had significant legislative activity around surprise bills and drug costs; we saw an appeals court decision on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate; nearly all Democratic presidential primary candidates discussed reform and, while the ACA remains the law of the land, the current administration continues to take executive actions against its coverage as well as rolling out various programs designed to tackle the aforementioned costs of care. Additionally, biopharma and pharmaceutical mergers continued, but faced scrutiny by the FTC amid competition and increasing prices. Tech giants are also joining the party with promised digital transformations.

Looking to 2020

Many of these events will continue to play out in 2020, as Dr. Stephen Hahn, a radiation oncologist and chief medical executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, begins his first full year at the helm of the FDA and large companies hope to see their mergers and acquisitions come to fruition. The conversation about patient cost awareness and price transparency will only get louder amid the 2020 presidential election, which brings us to other key health care considerations anticipated due to legislative oversight.

Governmental influence impacts many facets of the future of health care, including Congress’s continued search for a bipartisan solution to unexpected medical bill fees, such as out-of-network providers at in-network facilities. Negotiations have been complicated by fierce lobbying from stakeholders, including private equity companies with vested interest in specialty physician practices. Additionally, initial numbers show that health insurance enrollment for 2020 through the federal marketplace, state-based exchanges, and Medicaid expansion, mirrors that of 2019 despite the current administrations’ support of alternative health plans. Finally, we anticipate drug-cost legislation to continue as a hot topic as evidenced by the 2019 passing of H.R.3. in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is comprehensive drug-cost-control legislation reflecting the public’s concern over high drug prices. While the divisive government branches may limit progress in any category for the remainder of terms, expect the precedent set by the election to play the largest part in legislative influence capabilities.

Lastly, as the U.S. population continues to age, treatment demand for these patients, including the necessary imaging exams, is rapidly increasing. This makes it more difficult for imaging centers to keep up with the volume and complexity while also provide quality reports in a timely fashion. Telemedicine, and in this situation teleradiology, has proven to be an appropriate and cost-effective solution to maintaining consistent and reliable service to patients without an in-house staffing solution, limiting turnaround time to available staff hours or only simple evaluations/first opinions.

Partnering with Vesta

As we enter 2020, Vesta’s mission continues to be striving to make life better for our clients and their patients through seamless systems integration, first class training and responsive administrative support.

Though many of 2020’s uncertainties make it difficult to stay ahead of the health care curve, we believe telemedicine is the future of patient care and clinic resource leverage, despite the unknowns. We believe that, due to the national shortage of radiologists, physicians may be overworked which can lead to many outpatient facilities struggling to provide subspecialty reports or second opinions without the expense of a poor patient experience. By remaining ahead of the curve and continuing to invest in Artificial Intelligence, Vesta can provide its customers with high quality, cost-effective reports of all types of exams and sub-specialties through secured gateways and with a fast turnaround. In fact, last year, Vesta was named a 2019 top 10 telemedicine company by Healthcare Tech Outlook magazine. We believe that was made possible because of our breadth, national scale, talented physicians, and client reliability.

And, of course, your support. Please let us know how we can continue to enhance our services and partnerships to navigate the new year together. We look forward to a healthy future with you in 2020 and beyond!

6 Tips to Make the Most of Your RSNA Trip!

The top radiological minds meet every year at RSNA. Will you be one of them next month? If you plan to join Vesta Teleradiology and other key radiology thought leaders pioneering the field, take note of these attendee tips below to make the most of your trip!

  1. Secure your bed!

Chicago is a big city, but hotel rooms nearest McCormick Place (the show’s site) sell out fast. And who wants to walk far in the cold weather? If you haven’t booked your room, don’t waste another minute! Click here to see the recommended hotels by RSNA and get your RSNA rate before Monday, November 25.

  1. Bust out your calendar

What’s your purpose for attending? There will be exhibitors, plenaries and other sessions, tons of opportunity to network, or you may even be exhibiting yourself. Regardless, look at your big blocked commitments and immediately start to schedule in the blanks. Even checking the show floor’s hours (Hint: no hours on Sunday, Dec. 1 or after 2 pm ET on Thursday, Dec. 5) is a good idea to make sure your floor time can actually be floor time.

  1. We all have a Type A side

Is part of that newly created plan to have a few important meetings with clients, potential clients, or maybe even industry allies? Where will you go? In the past, there have been few spots in McCormick Place to “grab a chair,” so we recommend booking a conference room at a nearby hotel, reserving a restaurant dining space, or even scout out the nearest coffee shops.

If you have a clearly defined location, you can make the most of your meeting agenda time! We also encourage sending an invitation via Google or Outlook with the location articulated and be sure to add buffer travel time to get to and from!

  1. Not sure what to do with free time?

Have an hour or two in between business development meetings and sessions? Our favorite way to spend free time is walking the show floor to gather competitive intel and notice incoming industry trends. Feel free to schedule a meeting with us to learn about teleradiology, if it’s new to you, or if it’s not, to learn about some of what we’ve picked up on during the show, too! 

  1. Cross your Ts

Who from your group is attending? What are their individual objectives, and can you divide and conquer to make the most of your holistic organization’s attendance? Attending this show can be extremely fruitful if you plan accordingly (and you want to make the most of the registration fee!) so even making time at the end of each day, or the end of the show, to document your findings and make more informed plans for next year, can help you benefit from the RSNA annual meeting experience.

  1. And, as always…

Get those feet ready. If you’ve attended any type of tradeshow or conference you know this, but RSNA is huge, and you will do a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes, take any chance you get to grab a seat and be sure to rest your feet in the evenings. Don’t forget to turn on your fitness tracker to at least get credit for all those steps!

 

Want to connect at RSNA? Contact us today to coordinate.

A device recently approved by the U.S. FDA made extremely precise images of a postmortem sample

A 100-hour MRI scan captured the most detailed look yet at a whole human brain

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mri-scan-most-detailed-look-yet-whole-human-brain

A device recently approved by the U.S. FDA made extremely precise images of a postmortem sample .
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Over 100 hours of scanning has yielded a 3-D picture of the whole human brain that’s more detailed than ever before. The new view, enabled by a powerful MRI, has the resolution potentially to spot objects that are smaller than 0.1 millimeters wide.

“We haven’t seen an entire brain like this,” says electrical engineer Priti Balchandani of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, who was not involved in the study. “It’s definitely unprecedented.”

The scan shows brain structures such as the amygdala in vivid detail, a picture that might lead to a deeper understanding of how subtle changes in anatomy could relate to disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

To get this new look, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and elsewhere studied a brain from a 58-year-old woman who died of viral pneumonia. Her donated brain, presumed to be healthy, was preserved and stored for nearly three years.

Before the scan began, researchers built a custom spheroid case of urethane that held the brain still and allowed interfering air bubbles to escape. Sturdily encased, the brain then went into a powerful MRI machine called a 7 Tesla, or 7T, and stayed there for almost five days of scanning.

The strength of the 7T, the length of the scanning time and the fact that the brain was perfectly still led to the high-resolution images, which are described May 31 at bioRxiv.org. Associated videos of the brain, as well as the underlying dataset, are publicly available.

Researchers can’t get the same kind of resolution on brains of living people. For starters, people couldn’t tolerate a 100-hour scan. And even tiny movements, such as those that come from breathing and blood flow, would blur the images.

But pushing the technology further in postmortem samples “gives us an idea of what’s possible,” Balchandani says. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first 7T scanner for clinical imaging in 2017, and large medical centers are increasingly using them to diagnose and study illnesses.

These detailed brain images could hold clues for researchers trying to pinpoint hard-to-see brain abnormalities involved in disorders such as comas and psychiatric conditions such as depression. The images “have the potential to advance understanding of human brain anatomy in health and disease,” the authors write.