The ‘Alibaba of Radiology’
Lifetrack Medical Systems has developed
Back in 2003, Lifetrack founder and CEO Dr. Eric Schulze co-founded one
in the United States, 24/7 Radiology, which eventually grew to serve the night shift requirements of over 100 sites in the US with radiologist reading centers in Manila, Singapore, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
He eventually sold 24/7 Radiology to Alliance Imaging in 2011 and reviewed how radiology software could be architected from the ground up to support a regionally or globally distributed radiology operation at scale, while eliminating all the operational pain and
come to be dubbed as the “Alibaba of Radiology” was launched.
All about access and convenience
According to Lifetrack chief op- to the World Health Organization is nearly two-thirds of the world’s population. Our customers are putting digital x-rays in remote clinics and CT scanners in rural hospitals by using LifeSys to aggregate, distribute, and send patient images so that radi-
oftentimes remotely,” he shared.
The platform was a big help especially when typhoon Haiyan hit the country a few years back. It obviously destroyed basic medical care in Leyte, with most specialists leaving soon after, resulting in a massive rise in disease rates. The typhoon also swept away most electrical and telecommunication infrastructure.
“The Philippine Tuberculosis Society set up a tuberculosis screening clinic on the island of Leyte. The Society approached Lifetrack to connect their digital x-ray to a radiologist in the capital, Manila, using a 4G connection. The clinic is now able to upload diagnostic grade x-rays using 4G to the LifeSys cloud server where a radiologist 900 km 24/7 can function as a central radi-
provincial hospitals all around the country, as long as both are on the LifeSys platform.
Or an Indian hospital group can receive and diagnose medical
or Filipino radiologists moving to countries with severe shortages of specialists, LifeSys can prevent brain drain of talented medical professionals lost to their home countries and increase access to medical imaging in underserved markets,” he further elaborated.
at the Since launching LifeSys with their LifeSys has enabled the diagnosis of over 500,000 patient cases across 130 healthcare facilities in nine countries such as USA, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Brazil.
Due to its success, the platform was awarded for Excellence in Disruptive Technology at the Financial Times/ International Finance Corporation Transformational Business Awards in London last June 2018. They also won the award for the Best Life Sciences/MedTech Startup in the Philippines at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards in 2017.
The future is bright with LifeSys
Aside from radiology, Lifesys plans to expand to other medical specialties. “As part of our vision for Lifetrack as the medical imaging platform that can help healthcare providers reach more patients, we plan to start incorporating other specialties apart from radiology, such as Ophthalmology and Car-
medical imaging and have the same dynamics around scarcity of specialists and rising demand in emerging markets, and we see them as natural adjacencies to expand into and help our healthcare customers solve their constraints around expansion and coverage in these departments,” according to Ng. Currently, they are in the planning stages to conduct pilots for both opthalmology and cardiology on the LifeSys platform with customers in the Philippines.
The other component of their vision for Lifetrack as a medical imaging platform is developing a sustainable model for their “Alibaba for Radiology” marketplace. “We aim to push forward projects that will show this at scale. We are in discussions to connect UK National Health Service Trusts to reputable Indian radiology groups using our platform, allowing the UK access to outsourced teleradiology services while preventing brain drain of Indian radiologists who would otherwise have migrated to the UK. We are also working with
the Philippines to develop their own ancillary radiology services, using our platform to connect with provincial or rural healthcare facilities in need of radiologist coverage,” he concluded.
Lifetrack chief operating officer Carl Nicholas Ng (left) receives the Financial Times Transformational Business award for Excellence in disrputive technology