Meet TMC at ECR (European Congress of Radiology) Annual Meeting 2016 in Vienna

We’d love you to join us at TMC’s largest ever stand at ECR 2016 (X5.5) and we hope that you’re looking forward to it as much as we are.

We’ve got some really interesting things going on this year, including our first ever TMC mini-lecture series (brought to you by the TMC Academy), where some of the best radiologists in the business will be sharing their views, knowledge and experience on a variety of important radiology topics

Come and meet Dr. Linda Turner (a UK radiologist who joined TMC to do “on-call” down under) and hear her thoughts on:“How working from Sydney changed my life (and enriched my career)”

Or pop by to have a chat with Prof. Andras Palko, who will be sharing his views on: “The present and future of teleradiology: what’s in the magic ball”.

They are just two of the leading radiologist who will be giving mini-lectures at our stand over the course of ECR 2016.

Click here for the full schedule

And while you’re at it, we’d like to tell you about CDxN, our cutting edge collaborative diagnostic networks, designed by radiologists for radiologists. Using the concept of “Capacity Through Collaboration” we can help to foster true sub-specialisation, which in turn improves the quality of your readings and improves efficiency.

Or pop by for a chat about how you can have the adventure of a lifetime in Sydney, working as  an on-call radiologist doing daylight reporting from down under in the middle of the UK night.

All of which helps TMC to overcome Europe’s expert radiology capacity challenge.

It’s a packed agenda and we hope to see you there.

TMC Attending UKRC in Liverpool – Stand 63

Telemedicine Clinic (TMC) will be attending the annual UKRC congress in Liverpool, between June 29th and July 1st; we will be delighted to welcome you to stand 63.

If you would like to have a look at our service information material, please download the PDF’s here:

 

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SOCRATES – Winner of TMC Radiology Quality Award 2015

The winning project of the TMC Radiology Quality Award: SOCRATES (Standardised Online Competency Review and Advancement of Trainee Evaluation System), an innovative evaluation system for the assessment and promotion of competency and professionalism of radiology trainees.

Dr Orpheus Kolokythas, Dr Matus Straka, Dr Rene Patzwahl and Prof Dr Christoph Binkert have addressed the fact that despite formalised evaluation by peers and self-assessment play a crucial role in the competence development process for junior radiologists a standardised system for this has not yet been implemented in many European educational radiological institutions.

The SOCRATES system includes a self-assessment module, which allows the direct comparison of personal and peer review. Longitudinal evaluations over time as well as horizontal comparison across the institution and modalities allow benchmarking of performance and professional development. Restricted access to the evaluation platform warrants adjustable degrees of confidentiality according to the institutional requirements.

For more information about the SOCRATES system, please read the summary that the group submitted to the TMC Radiology Quality Award Jury.
SOCRATES – Winning Submission TMC Radiology Quality Award 2015

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The winners in discussion with Professor Peter MIldenberger, member of the jury and responsible for the MIR – Management In Radiology –  meeting that takes place in Barcelona in October (please see here for more information). The group behind SOCRATES will present their project in more detail at MIR.

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The two representatives for the winning group that were present in Vienna to attend the award ceremony (with flowers): Dr Kolokythas and Dr Straka. On the stage (to the left) is also Dr Hans Billing, Medical Director at TMC and member of the jury and Professor Iain McCall also member of the jury.

TMC Radiology Quality Award 2015 to be announced at ECR

The winner of the 2015 TMC Radiology Quality Award will be announced at ECR held in Vienna 4-8 of March. To find out more about the award and get information please visit radiologyqualityaward.com

Meet Telemedicine Clinic at these events

Meet us at:

– London, UK: 8 Sep 2014, RCR Annual Scientific Meeting

– Karlstad, Sweden: Swedish Radiology Week: 8 – 12 Sep 2014, Röntgenveckan 2014

– Barcelona, Spain: 18 – 20 Sep 2014, 5th World Congress of Teledermatology, Plenary Lecture: “Experiences from Teleradiology”, Alexander Böhmcker, CEO

– Düsseldorf, Germany: 27 Sep 2014, MARA – Management Radiologie Kongress, Lecture „Qualitätskontrolle und Kollaborationsmodelle in der Teleradiologie“, Alexander Böhmcker, CEO

– Bologna, Italy: 2 – 3 Oct 2014, MIR Annual Meeting 2014

– London, UK: 13 Nov 2014, RCR study day: Errors, revalidation and pitfalls, Lecture: “Giving feedback and providing support”, Carlos Schorlemmer, Head of Neuro section

– Liverpool, UK: 29 Jun – 1 Jul 2015, UKRC

The Advanced Pelvic MRI Course 17-18 April 2015

The Advanced Pelvic MRI Course

The Advanced Pelvic MRI Course is geared towards radiologists and/or senior radiologists-in-training with special interest in genitourinary or gastrointestinal sub-specialization.

Rather unique to this course, is the emphasis on pelvis as a whole entity and will hold exchange of ideas that might improve patient care, familiarisation with problems and strengths of MRI for solving clinical question and familiarisation with future developments.

The lectures will be given by world-known experts and authorities on pelvic MRI. The lectures will be in didactic form with time for questions and case presentations.

Date:

17–18 April, 2015

Place:

Torre Mapfre
C/ Marina 16-18, 20th Floor
08005 Barcelona, SPAIN

Price:

€ 1,200

Lecturers:

Jurgen Fütterer – Netherlands
Alberto Vargas – United States
Rosemarie Forstner – Austria
Evis Sala – United States
Vicky Goh- UK
Manish Chand – UK
Svetlana Balyasnikova – UK

TMC announces the 2nd Barcelona Musculoskeletal MRI Course

This is a case discussion based course for radiologists with a special interest in musculoskeletal radiology to optimise their reporting skills of adult and paediatric musculoskeletal MRI scans.

To find out more visit: http://www.telemedicineclinic.com/mri/msk.php

Date:

10–11 October, 2014

Place:

ESR Learning Centre Barcelona
Passeig de Gràcia, 86, planta 8
08008 Barcelona, SPAIN
http://www.esrlearningcentre.com/

Price:

700 Euros (600 Euros if you sign up before 1st of September 2014)

TMC will attend UKRC Manchester June 9-11th

Telemedicine Clinic (TMC) will attend the annual UKRC congress in Manchester which takes place between the 9-11th of June. You will be able to find us at stand number 38.

If you would like to have a look at our service information material, please download the PDF’s here:

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TMC-ESR Radiology Quality Award 2014

The winners of the TMC-ESR Radiology Quality Award 2014 from the Silkeborg Clinic (Denmark) with members of the jury. (From left to right: Lluís Donoso Bach (jury), Annette Meyer Balle, Jarl Jakobsen (jury), Rikke Aarhus, Peter Mildenberger (jury), Agnete Hedemann Nielsen, Hans Billing (jury), Susanne Skovlund Petersen, Ian McCall (jury))

The TMC-ESR Radiology Quality Award recognizes innovation and excellence in the European radiology community. It is an annual award designed to promote, inspire and recognize quality initiatives and innovation. Application is open to any radiology employee or group across Europe. A high level Pan-European jury (Ian McCall (UK, Chairman), Peter Aspelin (Sweden), Lluís Donoso Bach (Spain), Hans Billing (Sweden), Jarl Jakobsen (Norway), Peter Mildenberger (Germany), Emanuele Neri (Italy), Elisabeth Schouman-Claeys (France)) evaluates the contributions based on originality, usability, demonstrated impact and presentation. The submission period for the 2015 award opens on the 1st of April. Submissions are done via the myesr.org website. A direct link to the submission page will be published here when the submission period starts.

As “Knowledge Sharing” is one of TMC’s core values, we would like to share the conclusions of the three best abstracts with the radiology community.

First Place

At the inaugural edition 2014 the 10,000 € first prize was awarded to Agnete Hedemann Nielsen, Annette Meyer Balle, Susanne Skovlund Petersen and Rikke Aarhus of the Silkeborg Clinic in Denmark.

A significant quality defect was identified with the hospital only meeting national standards for diagnosis of minor stroke in 70% of cases. The team decided to take action to improve the situation. Problems that they had to overcome included reluctance towards changes in the hospital environment, the radiology department being seen as a service department only and developmental tasks usually being carried out by administrators not involved in the clinical practice.

The team’s efforts led to the creation of a so called “Plastic Organic Group”. The concept involved open meetings of short duration (15-30 min) with a focus on quality improvements for a certain patient category or pathway. The interdisciplinary meetings involved front-line staff, had no agenda and required continuous minutes. Initially secretaries, nurses, radiographers, medical doctors and radiologists were involved with other participants being added when needed. Equality among participants and disciplines was one of the cornerstones of the meetings. This setting allowed a fast and iterative development process, the results of which were assessed through regular audits and continuous measurements.

The initiative almost immediately had an impact. After 2 weeks national standards for diagnosis of minor stroke were met for 90% of patients. After 4 weeks waiting time was reduced fourfold. After 6 weeks diagnostic methods had been improved and reorganization led to increased outpatient scanning. Overall results included a reduced length of stay, reduced time of diagnosis, faster initiation of treatment as well as improved diagnostic accuracy. All of this was made possible by moving leadership closer to clinical practitioners and thus bridging the knowing-doing gap.

Second Place

In second place was Antoni Malet, of the UDIAT Diagnostics Centre, which is part of the healthcare corporation Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí (CSPT) in Sabadell, Spain. The goal of Antoni Malet’s project was to ensure ongoing quality control of on-call CT reports and to improve the assessment of resident radiologists.

At the UDIAT on-call night time and weekend reporting is performed by residents only, with senior residents supporting junior residents in their first year and partially in their second year. The reports are controlled by the attending subspecialist radiologists on the following workday. Through implemented changes in the RIS an assessment of discrepancies between residents and subspecialists in reporting of urgent chest and abdominal CT examinations was made possible. The results showed increased discrepancies between residents in their second year without senior resident support and the attending radiologist. Senior resident support for second year residents during on-call was thereafter made mandatory. Another finding was an increased discrepancy for residents reporting after 2 AM. Thus reporting after this time was limited as far as possible. Furthermore the analysis showed that reports delivered through teleradiology had the same discrepancy rates as locally produced reports.

The second challenge was related to the current assessment of residents by attending subspecialist radiologists, which was carried out through a questionnaire and was thus highly subjective. The discrepancy assessment in the new RIS allowed to document discrepancies of each resident and to evaluate the residents’ performance more objectively. The system also made it possible for residents to analyse their reports with discrepancies and to thus learn from their mistakes.

Third Place

Vincent Cappendijk and Erik Ranschaert of the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in the Netherlands made third place with a solution that provides peer advice for severe cases of acute pancreatitis. Medical decisions related to this disease can be difficult due to the relative rarity of patients with severe acute pancreatitis and physicians usually having no support when diagnosing and treating it. The team has introduced the so called “Expertmail” concept to deal with this problem. They assembled a panel of 16 experts (8 surgeons, 4 gastro-enterologists and 4 radiologists) to give advice on complex forms of pancreatitis. The service is accessible 24/7, available nationwide and voluntary. A response is given within 24 hours of the request.

The first version of the service “Expertmail 1.0” is based on a simple e-mail request which includes a word document with relevant patient information and selected radiological images. The information provided is anonymized. Overall more than 60 hospitals in the Netherlands have used the service. The number of requests is increasing steadily, having reached around 12 requests per month in 2013. A survey of Expertmail 1.0 users revealed that the service is valuable to most, with 86% of requesting physicians stating that the advice received through Expertmail is a good support to build a treatment plan. However the survey also revealed that selecting the relevant images and completing the form takes a considerable amount of time for the requesting physicians. Another drawback is that the experts don’t have access to prior exams.

The updated Expertmail 2.0 makes use of the secured teleradiology network “Radiologienetwerk (RNW)” which allows sharing image data in a safer and more efficient way. Easy access is provided through a web-based image viewer and the requesting physician can provide patient information and ask questions through a web-based form instead of email. A pilot project including 8 hospitals will be setup to evaluate the new Expertmail 2.0 service.

The peer advice concept presented here is transferable and will hopefully be applied to other disease areas as well.

 

TMC present at Röntgenkongress in Hamburg, May 29th and 30th.

TMC will be present on the 2014 Röntgenkongress at the Congress Center in Hamburg, Germany on May 29th and 30th.

http://www.roentgenkongress.de/

You can find us in hall 3 at booth H.05. If you would like to schedule a meeting with us, please contact Claudio Silvestrin

csilvestrin@telemedicineclinic.com