Around the world, over six billion patients have little to no access to reliable, modern, affordable radiological diagnosis.
Two issues handicap thousands of hospitals and clinics: the shortage of radiologists and the scarcity of technology that better utilizes existing radiologists.
In remote areas and developing nations, the shortage of radiologists is staggering. In Indonesia alone, there are only 1300 radiologists for a massive population of 250,000,000. That’s one radiologist for every 200,000 people.*
Facilities in far-flung areas feel the strain: radiologists who can travel to these locations can only visit once or twice a week, to accommodate the overall demand for their services. Without the speed and flexibility that emergency treatments require, medical conditions worsen and fatality rates climb.
If a rural clinic is fortunate enough to have a radiologist, the question of resources and quality arises.
In Southeast Asia , the great majority of hospitals still use outdated imaging systems, and due to cost and complexity, have yet to adopt PACS systems. In the United States (population: 300,000,000) every hospital has a PACS system; the Philippines (population: 100,000,000) has four PACS systems across 1,500 hospitals. Patients either suffer the quality of services they receive or the transferred cost of high maintenance and staffing – making radiology a luxury few people in the developing world can afford.
In light of these challenges, Lifetrack introduces Lifesys™ Ultra Premier RIS/PACS featuring patented RadNav™ technology — tech that’s designed to make the most sustainable social impact in the places that need radiologists most. It isn’t just technology for technology’s sake. It expands radiologists’ reach, without them ever leaving their clinics or cities. It’s a tool for medical efficiency and accuracy. It’s a platform for capacity building.
It’s redefining everything a radiology system can do. For the greatest number of people.
“If you decrease the cost of radiology services, you can decrease the price — then you can reach B and C social classes throughout the rest of the world.
It’s all about being able to do social responsibility at a price that will actually work.”
— Eric Schulze, CEO and Founder
Lifetrack can extend the reach of high quality medicine because the system was designed from the ground-up to be as inexpensive as possible.
By leveraging Cloud Services (such as AWS), we help hospitals and clinics make the switch to digital radiology, with little to no risk. Traditional legacy systems are a prohibitive expense for emerging markets, with 4 to 5 IT personnel on payroll. We sell our software at a price that’s far less than the cost of film. This means decreased maintenance costs of up to 80%– resources hospitals can use towards uplifting other aspects of patient care.
Clearer images, immediate availability of scans, unlimited ‘copies’ of images and reports available throughout the hospital, and lower health risk (minimized radiation exposure) spell differences that matter. The earlier and more accurate the diagnosis, the better the chance of effective treatment for millions of patients.
LEAVING THE TRAINING, NOT THE TRAINER
To address the shortage of radiologists, we’ve created short- and long-term solutions. Using Cloud services, images can be sent anywhere and read anytime. Radiologists can analyze scans even from across the world, extending their reach and improving their efficiency. This access and connectivity means patients, through their clinics or hospitals, can access radiologists 24/7, and tap into overseas expertise.
When images and reports move significantly faster than conventional PACS, outcomes are improved and more lives are saved.
We also designed the Lifesys™ Ultra Premier RIS/PACS to incorporate healthcare education – training over radiologists and technologists and extending the reach of the knowledge base: enhancing specialty and subspecialty expertise. Breaking barriers to shared best practices.
With our patented RadNav™ technology featuring integrated decision support and active templates, we actually train radiologists as they work. Training/coaching and quality control are built into the software in a way that is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. Lifetrack is partnering with Duke-NUS, a collaboration between Duke University and the National University of Singapore, to repurpose Lifetrack’s software for its medical programs. Robert Kamei, Duke-NUS’s Vice Dean of Education, described the program as a “radiology residency in a box.” He envisions using it for next-generation e-learning programs that include mobile apps for training and online radiology certifications. (Read Forbes magazine article).
At Lifetrack, we are using technology and expertise to equip radiologists with the understanding, skills and access to information, knowledge and training that enables them to perform effectively–wherever they are in the world.