The portal is by patients in 16 countries, including India, the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The services are free. There is advertising on the site but not more than any normal website contains these days.
Their services are for both patients and physicians and you need to register to begin to use any services other than the normal health care education items.
Telemedicine and teleradiology are both free, but there’s one big long page of all the disclaimers. So, I looked at the page and yes you can set up a health record account and upload images for a free interpretation. That item surprised me.
You are given a consultation number and don’t even need an email address, although they suggest one and state that they will respond to email questions as well, but it might take a bit longer to get back with you.
Again, the free radiology interpretations were a bit of a surprise to me to see this offered free to a patient, as this was the profile I created and don’t know exactly how the physician and student services are provided. I would guess the imaging would also be free for a physician too. All you do is upload the image.
They may also add electronic medical records (EMR) facilities through the site and are planning to offer to set up similar healthcare portals for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies worldwide.
The site is averaging over 3 million hits a month. BD
From the website:
About Teleradiology Solutions Ltd.
Teleradiology Solutions was founded in 2002 by two Yale trained physicians, Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur and Dr. Sunita Maheshwari. It was initially set up to provide hospitals in the United States with night shift radiology solutions. However it grew rapidly and now provides teleradiology to hospitals in Singapore and India with other countries on the anvil.
Teleradiology Solutions (US) is accredited by the US Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It is also the first organization outside Singapore to be accredited by the Ministry of Health, Singapore.
The company provides teleradiology services to hospitals around the globe, which includes interpretation of all non-invasive imaging studies, namely CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine studies and digitized Xrays. The company provides subspecialty consultations in cardiovascular and oncologic imaging to hospitals in India as well, and has joint research partnerships with major technology vendors such as GE, to explore new techniques in 3D imaging analysis.
WebHealthCentre.com brings to you Online Consultation facilities from some of the region’s leading medical institutions and consultants. Here you can send in your detailed medical queries pertaining to various aspects of your health and these questions will be answered by the Consultants in the various specialities. This service is provided FREE of charge and can be utilized by Doctors and patients alike.
There are at present over 20 major medical specialities for which Consultation is available at WebHealthCentre.com. Each speciality has a specially prepared detailed form encouraging you to provide as many details as possible. This is to ensure a more accurate reply.
Newer specialities, institutions and consultants from different regions are constantly being added.
You may also send in your investigation reports like X-ray films or E.C.G. strips as attachments to email@example.com mentioning your consultation number.
Indian IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), plans to commercialize its WebHealthCentre, an online portal for medical consultations, healthcare information, and telemedicine. The WebHealthCentre site (http://www.webhealthcentre.com/) was set up by TCS in 2000, as part of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. The site was started to offer patients in rural areas access to specialist doctors. "We realized that there was a gap for this kind of service even abroad, as we got more queries from abroad than from India," said Debashis Ghosh, vice president and head of TCS' life sciences and healthcare practice, in a telephone interview on Tuesday.