When something is missed on an obstetrical ultrasound, patients can experience delays in care that may have profound effects on the health and outcome of their pregnancy.
Access TeleCare’s teleMaternal-fetal medicine specialists consistently identify abnormalities in 6% of ultrasounds deemed “normal” by the local sonographers and physicians.
“A timely and accurate diagnosis means timely care for patients,” said Dr. Amanda Horton, Access TeleCare’s chief of maternal-fetal medicine. “When abnormalities are missed, it can cause potentially serious delays in care for patients.”
For some patients, catching abnormalities early can simply mean a follow-up ultrasound or additional testing. Other patients may require a referral to additional specialists or a transfer to another facility for a higher level of care. Early detection gets them the care they need sooner and allows for more time to arrange for travel involved in transfer care.
TeleMaternal-Fetal Medicine Provides Timely Care
In rare cases like life-threatening cardiac abnormalities, delays in care can change the entire course of a patient’s pregnancy, and a missed diagnosis can potentially be fatal.
“We offer an excellent solution to this problem,” said Dr. Horton. “Our programs ensure that no patient suffers a delay in care because of an inaccurately interpreted ultrasound.”
An accurate screening and interpretation process leads to timely diagnoses and care for all patients seen by an Access TeleCare teleMaternal-fetal specialist, helping hospitals, clinics, and birthing centers deliver excellent ultrasound interpretations and reduce delays in care caused by an inaccurate diagnosis.
Learn more about our teleMaternal-Fetal medicine program.