Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Partnership aims to provide teleradiology mhealth services

Steve Rogerson
April 15, 2015
Borderless Healthcare Group (BHG) of Singapore has partnered with Telerad Tech to provide mhealth services using cloud-based teleradiology.
The aim is for ubiquitous teleradiology to be soon available in mhealth apps, IoT and smart homes powered by BHG. Consumers will be able to upload their radiological images such as x-rays, ultrasound and CT scans via a portal and have access to second opinions from hundreds of certified radiologists.
The ubiquitous healthcare ecosystem created by BHG aims to help consumers have access to healthcare anywhere and anytime. As healthcare evolves from a hospital-centric model to a consumer and home-centric model, the mobility of health services becomes more important.
"The unequal distribution of imaging expertise in a country can now be resolved via cloud-based application and consumers can finally enjoy a new form of healthcare democracy where imaging experts from around the world can support the local healthcare professionals," said Wei Siang Yu, BHG chairman.
Telerad’s RadSpa image sharing portal has been integrated with BHG’s patient portal to deliver fast, secure, optimised collaborations between doctors and patients. The integrate portal is a way for patients to communicate with their doctors, while keeping in mind the sole purpose of the portal is to speed up delivery results and eliminate unnecessary visits to the doctor. This service will be supported by a medical butler (online nurse concierge), which will be included as a service in selected mhealth apps, wearables, IoT and smart home platforms powered by the group in the third quarter of this year.
“With the structural changes in the health care delivery system, technological trends and patient awareness, it is becoming extremely important to leverage the value of advance technology to improve patient quality care,” said Ricky Bedi, CEO of India-based Telerad Tech. “The pace of innovation in the diagnostics industry will only accelerate further. The gadgets will get smarter, faster and more patient-friendly. It is imperative that we at Telerad Tech constantly strive to leverage the flexibility and open architecture of RadSpa to provide seamless, patient centric workflow solutions.”
Users who do not have digital images can also benefit from radiological image digitalisation services where physical images will be digitalised and uploaded into the image cloud for better portability borderlessly.
BHG, founded by key stakeholders in the medical, CRM, IT, legal, finance and media industries, spans more than ten companies in the three key areas of health, wellness and food. Telerad Tech was founded by a group of technology innovators and radiologists with the focus to develop ways to address the gaps and needs of healthcare IT in general, and radiology automation systems in particular.