Urgent care is healthcare’s productive work horse, the branch that tries to put out fires before they get out of control. Often times, in urgent care, patients come and go so chances of a repeat visit are not really all that great. When it comes to diagnostic imaging, often times you are lucky to get an X-Ray in an urgent care facility. The problem is sometimes the fact that urgent care clinics are in a position where they have to deal with a great deal of volume in terms of patients.
So if you have a lot of patients to deal with, what can you really do? How will you be able to find out if a headache is something more than a headache? Can you get the orders you need for a more specialized test? Now you can, to some extent, given the latest development in urgent care.
According to an article posted in www.wsj.com a bar has been raised by urgent care clinics. In terms of diagnostic imaging there is something new going on in urgent care clinics. According to the article in www.wsj.com Viztek announced that MedSpring urgent care recently installed a ViZion DR digital X-Ray system. This kind of development helps a great deal because now urgent care can go beyond just making a momentary diagnosis that only helps to ease symptoms of a more complex condition.
With the evolution of healthcare and drivers to make it more affordable not just in the US but also other countries as well, it’s important to bring urgent care into a fold that will only help improve a patient’s chances of getting an accurate diagnosis that, in turn, will be treatable by a patient’s treating specialist. While the X-Ray is not a tell all it’s definitely a step in the right direction in terms of a diagnosis. If a patient goes into an urgent care facility with a specific symptom and there’s a better type of diagnostic imaging equipment, the treating physician may make a far more educated diagnosis for the patient’s ultimate sake.
These developments will surely lead to a push for more accurate diagnostic imaging equipment in urgent care facilities. Chances are this type of push will take a while to really take off but it will improve urgent care. Hopefully this will serve as an example to countries currently trying to develop and re-develop their healthcare systems. The benefits will be great for providers, practitioners, and the most important participant of them all, the patient.
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