par Lauren Dubinsky
, Senior Reporter | June 25, 2018
From the June 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
While the benefits of outsourcing image interpretation are abundant, especially for providers who are feeling stretched for resources, it doesn’t mean that it makes sense as a complete replacement for on-site service.
“There still need to be people in the department because of the sheer volume of studies that most facilities have,” said Thomas. “Radiologists on-site provide the interventional services, women’s imaging, supervision, technologist training, as well as interaction with administration and referring physicians, and attending tumor boards.”
Instead, he believes that the communication between teleradiologists and facilities will become increasingly fluid, to the point where interaction will be even more efficient and patient outcomes will be improved as a result.
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“It is quite difficult for a solo radiology practice to meet all subspecialty requirements their facilities are now beginning to mandate,” said Thomas. “The only way to provide subspecialty coverage in this environment is to leverage technology in an intelligent fashion to eliminate the seam between the on-site radiologist and [teleradiologists].”
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