A rural Missouri man falls and injures his back late at night. He is rushed to the emergency room of the nearest community hospital, but there is no spine MRI expert available at that hour to run the scanner.
The doctor caring for this patient alerts an imaging technician working the overnight shift at MU Health Care’s University Hospital. Using a “virtual cockpit,” the technician assists the person operating the scanner from 100 miles away.
As a result, the doctor can make an informed decision about whether the patient needs to be airlifted to Columbia for advanced care.
That futuristic scenario could soon become reality, thanks to the new Alliance for Precision Health, a partnership between Siemens Healthineers, the University of Missouri System and MU Health Care. Siemens Healthineers is a leading manufacturer of medical technology, such as MRI and CT scanners.