Over the past five years, the average time for describing imaging studies in Moscow decreased by 18 times

August 15
Healthcare

The renewal of the diagnostic equipment stock and the development of digital technologies made it possible to optimize the work of the city health care system. Over five years, the average time for describing imaging study has decreased by 18 times: if in 2015 the process took 53 hours, that is more than two days, now it does not exceed 3.5 hours.

“Such reduction allows making correct diagnoses quickly and prescribe the necessary treatment. This became possible, firstly, due to the fact that about 80 percent of diagnostic devices in the capital are digital. They automatically upload the study data to the Unified Radiological Information Service (URIS), where all radiologists of the capital work. There is no need to wait for the disk with the recorded archive to be at a doctor: in the unified system, they immediately see new images and can quickly start working with those images. Secondly, the creation of a 24/7 reference center for radio diagnostics and the introduction of artificial intelligence services have played a significant role - now specialists can remotely describe studies performed in any clinic in the city, and neural networks help to do this more efficiently and in a shorter time,” the press service of the Moscow Social Development Complex explained.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when the disease can develop quickly and timely diagnosis is very important, the center’s specialists provided the results of computed tomography of the chest organs within an hour, in emergency situations - within 15 minutes.

Now patients do not need to wait for a conclusion for several days and additionally visit a doctor to get results. The necessary treatment can be prescribed on the same day. The study protocol is uploaded to the electronic medical record, to which both the sending specialists and the Muscovites themselves have access on mos.ru and in the EMIAS.INFO mobile application. The electronic medical record also provides downloading of the archive of medical images of scans, such as CT, MRI, X-ray, mammography and fluorography, performed in state medical institutions in Moscow.

Neural networks also help to get faster conclusions on some types of examinations. Services based on artificial intelligence pre-process medical images and mark them up where the doctor’s increased attention is required. First of all, check studies that are more likely to detect pathological changes are sent to radiologists. Doctors can access both the original images and those processed by artificial intelligence services.

The introduction of such services is possible thanks to a single digital healthcare platform developed by the Moscow Social Development Complex and the Moscow Department of Information Technologies. They allowed the city to cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, having ensured continuity of patient advising at all stages of treatment.

Source: mos.ru

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