Recent Developments in Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has partially crippled the world as we once knew it. Everyone has experienced taking precautions, isolating, vaccinations, and boosters for over two years. Are we making progress?

The contagious virus SARS-CoV-2, also named Covid-19, has been responsible for over 970,000 deaths in the United States alone. New variants have emerged from the virus, but there appear to be fewer cases overall.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been the leading pharmaceutical companies providing preventative vaccinations and vaccine boosters, and Johnson & Johnson has also joined the team for preventive immunizations.

The immunizations and boosters administered have been very effective even though there have been breakthroughs of covid-positive cases. The hospitalization of those patients who tested positive for Covid-19 reduced drastically for the fully vaccinated adults.

This year, both Pfizer and Moderna have requested authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an additional booster to their immunization. The requests were based on the success of the second booster in other countries. The goal is to offer maximum protection to high-risk patients–including adults over the age of 65 and adults with immune-suppressive medical conditions.

The best way anyone can reduce their risk of getting the disease is by getting Covid-19 vaccinations and all the boosters available. The Center for Disease Control’s consistent message to stay healthy continues to be to wear masks in highly populated indoor locations, keep at least 6 feet from others, avoid heavy crowds, and wash our hands.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) still requires face masks on public transportation like buses, planes, and trains. Because of our advancements in the Covid-19 battle, many state legislations have lifted the face mask requirements for restaurants and shopping.

 

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Covid testing kits are available from the federal government. Any household in the United States can order up to four rapid tests from www.covidtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233. Medicare beneficiaries can receive up to eight free at-home Covid-19 tests per month in 2022.

In February 2022, the FDA approved a new monoclonal antibody treatment that has shown positive results during treatment against the omicron variant and the omicron sub-variant of Covid-19. This treatment is called Bebtelovimab and is for both adults and children at high risk for severe illness from the Covid-19 variants.

Clinics and Long-Term Care Facilities

Beginning in March 2022, pharmacy-based clinics and long-term care facilities will be able to provide an anti-viral pill for positive-tested individuals. The CDC expects this new “Test to Treat” program to provide immediate help to individuals at high risk and who live in the communities with the most cases.

Even taking all the precautions, some people will come down with Covid-19. There have been various symptoms reported, and these symptoms usually appear within two to fourteen days after exposure. Some of the signs to look out for are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Consistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Body aches and pains
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If anyone who tests positive with Covid-19 exposes you or if you test positive, CDC advises you to quarantine for at least five days and wear a mask for at least ten days.

 

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Most patients who test positive with Covid-19 recover at home with rest and plenty of fluids. It is wise for a Covid-positive patient to seek medical or emergency help if they become confused or disoriented, have pale or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, cannot stay awake, or have pain or pressure in the chest.

Hospitals and research centers are paying attention to the long-term effects of Covid-19. From statistics provided to the CDC, approximately one-third of the Covid-19 patients have lasting symptoms. The CDC recommends seeking medical advice for treatment.

Prevention is key to getting through this challenging time of Covid-19 infections. Taking extra precautions while traveling and visiting others can help each individual and help those who are high-risk stay free from the disease.

We are making progress on overcoming Covid-19. We will save more lives in the battle if we continue practicing preventive measures and stay educated about the most recent findings.

Improving Patient Care with Innovative Technology

Tech in Hospitals Today

Physicians in private practice continually seek new ways to improve their patient’s care. Technology has provided an efficient and cost-effective way to maximize the delivery of health care services.

Medical communication between primary care, specialists, laboratory analysts, and hospitals has been improved and expedited through the efficiency of mobile technology and online resources.

Staff can update patient charts throughout an entire system with one update. Physicians can prescribe treatment plans within minutes, whereas before, information would sometimes take days.

The medical profession has mostly eliminated paper charts. Unique office organization methods (and some problematic handwriting) are no longer an issue with medical updating.

Technology has also offered physicians the ability to expand their office business using mobile devices and laptops. Physicians can visit and provide updates to their patients who can remain in the comfort of their homes.

Technology has provided physicians the ability to monitor special needs patients at home or in hospital settings without leaving their offices. This ability reduces the possible transmission of disease and infection from sources outside the patient’s environment.

Evolving Technology

Paper replacement and monitoring are not the only promising technology additions that will benefit physicians’ offices in the future.

Handheld ultrasound imaging has become affordable equipment. Researchers figured out how to put ultrasound technology into a computer chip rather than a $100,000 machine in a hospital. The program simply connects to an iPhone app.

 

Faster, more efficient diagnostic information is available within the confines of a physician’s office now. Programs are available that can scan the 2 million peer-reviewed research papers published every year. Clinical trial results and biomedical information can provide a physician with relationships between drugs, disease, and genes within a few minutes.

Digital capture of radiology imaging allows teleradiology reduced records to be transported almost immediately to any specialist with an internet connection. Time-sensitive treatments for head injuries and strokes can be prescribed, and more lives in rural and remote locations will be saved.

The future holds more integration of telemedicine and decision support systems for physicians. Equipment and smaller devices are more affordable to the physicians as well.

More services such as more complex surgeries may be available to physicians’ offices. With the advancement of telementoring and telerobotic surgeries, physicians may perform surgeries in their offices that would typically be performed in a hospital.

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Evidence-based information and technologies can improve patient care, save lives, and save money anywhere and everywhere the internet is available–even from the physician’s office.

Vesta’s Tech Solutions

 

Vesta Teleradiology wants to improve both your experience as well as your patients’ experience. That’s why we offer tools and customizable reports that work WITH your current workflow as well as offering teleradiology to supplement your current needs. Efficiency, quick turnaround times and US Board Certified Radiologists are what make Vesta a formidable partner for your healthcare facility.

Benefits of Teleradiology

Teleradiology Benefits

Teleradiology–what an innovative solution for healthcare providers and patients alike! You can simply think of teleradiology like having a radiologist on-call 24/7 for reading and interpreting all types of scans: MRIs, X-rays, CTs, DEXA, PET, DR, mammograms and other images.

What’s more, is that teleradiology enhances the level of patient care and support, because it allows radiologists to extend their expertise to patients and physicians without having to be physically there with them.

Teleradiology is efficient and cost-effective! Save on administrative costs associated with in-house radiology like travel and printing.

 A Partnership in Healthcare

Teleradiology offers chances for medical professionals to partner with one another when barriers of physical distance are present, allowing for substantial professional input regarding various diagnoses and symptoms.

A teleradiology company like Vesta can work specifically with each healthcare facility–be it a hospital, outpatient imaging center, assisted living facility or mobile imaging provider–to offer cost-effective and customizable solutions.

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Burnout, Retirement and Staff Shortage

We’re noticing specifically that the pandemic pushed many radiologists to retirement. Many hospital and outpatient systems have consolidated their radiology departments which prevents radiologists from providing services outside the system.

What’s more is that the stress healthcare workers feel can mount and burnout results. This can lead to mental health issues and even failure to properly read scans.

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Mental health and physicians

Where can Vesta Teleradiology help? We offer consultation for all imaging modalities and we can deliver reports with fast turnaround for both STAT and Routine studies.

Your staff is important–they don’t always work around the clock and shouldn’t have to. With our teleradiology services, we fill in those gaps whether it’s during night hours, weekends, holidays–we provide 24x7x365 services. Nighthawk teleradiology coverage allows us to deliver the information your patients need and deserve.

How Does Mobile Imaging Help Improve Patient Care at an Assisted Living Facility?

As radiography technology has evolved, so has the experience of the typical resident in a nursing home or assisted living facility. X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds are commonly needed to help diagnose residents of these communities with an appropriate treatment plan. The availability of mobile imaging improves patient care and quality of life in a multitude of ways.

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Mobile imaging provides easier access for residents requiring these services.

Improved Access

With the immediate availability of mobile imaging onsite, more patients can access this type of diagnostic care. In a study conducted by BMC Health Services, researchers found that without mobile access, the use of diagnostic imaging for nursing home patients decreased by almost a third, from 14,500 to only 10,305. This data suggests that the ease of access to mobile radiography ensures that more patients receive the diagnostic care they need.

Fewer Transfers

Many risks are associated with transferring the elderly, especially those with mobility issues. By keeping radiology onsite, fewer transfers to hospitals and other centers will need to occur. A study in Norway found that transfers to a hospital’s radiology department were avoided in 71 percent of cases. This dramatic difference makes patient care simpler and more streamlined, and more importantly, it affords fewer opportunities for the elderly to sustain injuries, thereby increasing patient safety.

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There are risks associated with transferring the elderly, especially those who have mobility issues.

Reduced Spread of Contagious Diseases

The use of mobile imaging can help reduce the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Rather than transferring patients out to imaging centers and increasing the number of people they come into contact with, a nursing home can have in-house imaging staff. A study out of Italy showed the potential for mobile imaging to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when certain safety protocols were followed.

Faster Imaging Results

A study conducted in Norway by BMC Health Services Research looked at the results of mobile imaging and found it to be of the same quality as hospital imaging. This research also concluded mobile radiography leads to a faster diagnosis. Offsite imaging can equate to days or weeks of wait time for interpreting results. If a scan is faulty and a patient needs to return for another scan, this wait time can become detrimentally long. With faster results, doctors can work quickly to begin treatment and improve outcomes. 

Better Treatment Plans

By having radiology staff on-site, doctors can better prescribe treatment plans specific to a patient’s needs. The aforementioned study in Norway also found that access to treatments improved with onsite mobile imaging in addition to patients receiving more specialized care.

Teleradiology Company that Fits Your Needs

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Vesta has been providing stellar teleradiology services for over 15 years.

For these reasons and more, it is imperative that nursing homes and assisted living communities work with an experienced teleradiology company to improve the quality of care for residents. Vesta Teleradiology provides nighthawk services with expert and customizable interpretations, thereby improving health outcomes for your entire community. Quality patient care is our top priority as well as giving assisted living facility or nursing home operators flexible and cost-effective, expert service.

Sarcoma & Bone Cancer Awareness Month: Newest Technology in Imaging

July is Bone Cancer and Sarcoma Awareness Month. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, in 2021, around 13,000 Americans will be diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, while 3,600 will be diagnosed with bone cancer. Luckily, the 5-year survival rate of both types of cancer is fairly high (65 for soft tissue and 66.8 for bone). In a comprehensive study from 1978 to 2004, the survival rate of these types of cancers has improved dramatically, thanks in part to improvements in imaging and early detection.

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Sarcoma is a broad term for a group of cancers found in the bone.

Advances in Radiography

While x-ray technology has been used in a health context since 1899, many features surrounding it have changed. X-rays are now more defined with higher resolution, allowing doctors to zoom in to see smaller tumors and other issues. In fact, this past year, scientists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have broken the record for x-ray resolution, down to under 10 nanometers. Furthermore, the process of obtaining can now be digitized, rather than having to use a darkroom to develop scans. These developments make radiology more accessible to patients and provide more immediate results, which helps bone cancer and sarcoma patients get diagnosed earlier when time is of the essence. There are multiple types of radiography used in diagnosing these types of cancer, and specific advances have emerged and evolved the diagnostic process for each type.

 

Bone Scans

During bone scans, a patient is injected with a tracer that allows oncologists to see abnormalities. Recent changes in bone scans allow doctors to quantify the metastasis of a bone from a scan. Bone scans can sometimes occur as a diagnostic tool before a CT scan, PET scan, or MRI.

 

CT Scans

CT scans can be ordered with “contrast,” where the patient swallows or takes an IV containing a dye. This can help doctors see certain organs more clearly. These scans can also help doctors see a cross-section of parts of the body and different perspectives of organs than they’d be able to see with a typical x-ray. The latest advancements in CT scans now offerlower radiation exposure by splitting the x-ray beams, making these procedures safer than ever.

 

PET Scans 

Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an emerging tool for bone cancer patients receiving radiation treatments. This tool is now being used increasingly by doctors to monitor tumors between treatments. These advanced scans allow more doctors to receive more information, including receptor expression and metabolism of a tumor. This information helps doctors to understand whether or not a particular type of treatment is working to shrink tumors and to help assess the appropriate dosage.

 

MRI Scans

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scans help oncologists to see the extent of bone and soft tissue cancers by taking cross-sections of affected organs and allowing them to be displayed at different angles. These are taken around a patient while a patient lies still inside a long tube. The most recent changes in MRI technologyhave occurred on the software side. One relevant change includes faster scan times, thereby reducing costs and discomfort for the patient. Furthermore, multiple layers of contrast can now be taken from a single scan, allowing doctors to highlight different issues easily.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) image of human skeleton. MRI diagnoses Ewing’s sarcoma of the right hip. Source: National Cancer Institute

While bone and soft tissue cancers affect many Americans, advancement in imaging tools helps provide clarity and hope for these patients.

Tech Innovation in Teleradiology

Vesta Teleradiology prides itself in being a top innovator in technology and was even awarded this recognition in 2020 by Technology Innovators. We truly understand the importance of keeping up with medical and technological advancements in radiology, imaging and health.

 

Come to us for teleradiology services for your outpatient imaging centers, nursing homes, hospitals, mobile imaging, wellness centers and urgent care facilities. Expect flexible yet speedy service, with quality interpretations and customizable reports. Please contact us for a quote.

Vesta Teleradiology Acquires Momentum Healthcare Staffing

Vesta Teleradiology Acquires Momentum Healthcare Staffing

The acquisition of Momentum Healthcare Staffing offers a new opportunity for growth as it prepares to offer both onsite and remote care physician services.

LAKE MARY, FL, January 18, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Vesta Teleradiology is pleased to announce its acquisition of Momentum Healthcare Staffing. Through this acquisition, Vesta Teleradiology will now be bringing onsite and remote coverage of well-qualified physicians to medical facilities in addition to its current lineup of world-class teleradiology and telemedicine services.

With an extensive network of providers, Momentum Healthcare Staffing is helmed by a team that understands the intricacies of healthcare. As their slogan states, Created by Physicians for Clinicians, Momentum Healthcare Staffing is a company founded by doctors. According to Dr. Ajitpal Singh Dhaliwal, Founder & CEO, “All recruiting and staffing done at Momentum is performed by a panel of practicing physicians to ensure our customers receive only the most qualified candidates.”

With its progressive and forward-thinking team, Momentum Healthcare Staffing works with a wide range of facilities. Their understanding of the complexities of medicine has enabled them to meet the demands of the current healthcare staffing market and those of clinicians as well.

In its acquisition of Momentum Healthcare Staffing, Vesta Teleradiology will be able to further ensure the quality of all clinicians and the futures of those medical professionals who choose to work with the company. The partnership between Vesta and Momentum means full onsite and telemedicine coverage to healthcare facilities.

“Momentum will continue to provide great service as a separate entity under the leadership of Dr. Dhaliwal,” said Vijay Vonguru, CEO of Vesta. “With our combined leadership, we will continue our paths as progressive companies, and we look forward to offering these new services to our clients.”

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About Vesta Teleradiology:

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Vesta Teleradiology provides superior, cost-effective Teleradiology and Telemedicine services to diagnostic centers, hospitals, physician offices, and mobile imaging companies, 24/7/365. The company is Joint Commission accredited and was named Top 10 Telemedicine Service Company by Healthcare Tech Magazine in 2019 and Top 20 Innovator in Telemedicine by Technology Innovators in 2020. Website: http://www.vestarad.com.

About Momentum Healthcare Staffing:

Headquartered in New York, New York, Momentum Healthcare Staffing is a progressive company founded by doctors to ensure healthcare facilities receive the most qualified clinicians. Through recruiting, mentoring and coaching, they connect highly qualified clinicians and healthcare facilities with the best opportunities. Website: http://www.momentumhcs.com/

Contact Information
Vijay Vonguru
Vesta Teleradiology
https://www.vestarad.com
877-558-3782

Vesta Teleradiology Announces Industry’s First Rate Guarantee

Vesta Teleradiology, is pleased to announce the industry’s first ‘Three Year Rate Guarantee.’

Imaging facilities are facing tremendous financial pressure with falling reimbursements, stricter billing requirements and consumerism of healthcare. In this environment of reduced profit margins, Vesta is announcing the industry’s first, ‘Three Year Rate Guarantee’ to all current and new clients.

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Vesta’s Guarantee

Vesta’s Three Year Rate Guarantee: All Vesta clients will never pay more than the initial agreement rate, for a minimum of 3 years.

 

Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, Imaging Centers and Mobile X-Ray providers are seeing reduced profit margins, in part due to reductions in insurance reimbursements. In an effort to provide these service providers with price stability, we are pleased to offer the industry’s first rate guarantee,” stated Vijay Vonguru, President of Vesta Teleradiology.

“In addition, to this Industry First Rate Guarantee, Vesta is reviewing additional ways for our clients to contain costs while we continue to provide the high level of service our clients receive,” Vijay added.

About Vesta Teleradiology:

Vesta brings you teleradiology solutions and services, providing 24x7x365 access to our highly qualified Board Certified radiologists through a secure PACS. At Vesta, we offer comprehensive, affordable radiology solutions for our partners. Vesta has been a pioneer in supportive diagnostic workflow technology and quality diagnostic services. We are steadfast in our passion to remain at the forefront of innovation in healthcare. We offer night and holiday coverage.

Prospective clients are offered a free test drive of Vesta’s teleradiology service. Please contact us to schedule a demo.

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Vesta Teleradiology Launches New Blog for Radiologists and Healthcare Providers

Vesta Teleradiology has announced the launch of a new blog covering trending topics of interest in radiology such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, Ultrasound scans in Primary Care settings, Interoperability, Affordable Care Act, and the latest developments in the radiology industry.

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The blog, vestarad.com/mediablog/blog has posts and articles from radiologists and other staff members of Vesta Teleradiology discussing the implications of the various healthcare reforms on hospitals, radiology practices and other healthcare providers and organizations.

According to the firm, the blog is meant to provide a wealth of information and initiate a dialogue with healthcare professionals, experts and industry leaders and to make it easier to spread information. The firm will also be posting the updates on its social media channels such as Twitter and LinkedIn, and send out newsletters at specific intervals for those who haven’t followed their Twitter or LinkedIn pages. Visitors can also subscribe to the blog and receive all the updates via e-mail.

 

“The blog is a part of our overall shift towards a more active social media presence – Twitter and LinkedIn in particular. The move is an attempt to facilitate the dissemination of information to our audience such as healthcare professionals, radiologists and keep them up to date with developments and industry stories that matter to them,” said Vijay Vonguru, President at Vesta Teleradiology.

 

“The new blog will be vetted for quality and relevancy, and will be curated to add value to our readers,” added Vonguru.

About Vesta Teleradiology:

Vesta brings you teleradiology solutions and services, providing 24x7x365 access to our highly qualified Board Certified radiologists through a secure PACS. At Vesta, we offer comprehensive, affordable radiology solutions for our partners. Vesta has been a pioneer in supportive diagnostic workflow technology and quality diagnostic services. We are steadfast in our 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 https://vestarad.com.