Neurostar and LocumTenens.com Announce Teleradiology Venture

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"Virtual StaffingÂ? Model Offers Affordable Digital Imaging, Radiology Specialists to Rural Hospitals.

Neurostar Solutions, developer and marketer of the innovative Virtual Radiology Network (VRN), and LocumTenens.com, a full-service recruitment firm specializing in temporary physician placement, announce a partnership to offer streamlined remote radiology staffing to LocumTenens.com clients. The new agreement will enable hospitals and imaging groups to choose offsite radiologists to read films and submit reports using Neurostar’s VRN.

“We're thrilled we can now offer a full complement of radiology solutions to our client hospitals—particularly those in rural areas, where we place about 75 percent of our physicians,” says David Roush, president of LocumTenens.com. “For facilities with fewer than 300 beds, the combination of Neurostar’s remote-reading technology and our credentialed radiologists offers a viable and affordable answer to today’s radiologist shortage.”

Roush believes the new service will be particularly attractive to facilities with too much reading volume for one radiologist but not enough for two. “The clear advantage is that hospitals and group practices will now be able to choose from a larger and more diverse pool of radiology expertise than they could access locally,” he says.

Virtually Moving People and Images

Neurostar’s VRN is a complete digital imaging reading, management and archiving solution. The next step beyond PACS, the technology is designed to power virtual radiology networks. Its unique architecture and universal workflow enable imaging centers, hospitals, and physicians’ offices to share imaging data with a virtual community of imaging specialists and referring physicians, helping them expand services, productivity and referrals cost-effectively.

Under the agreement, LocumTenens.com clients who select offsite physicians will have the option of utilizing Neurostar’s VRN at an extremely cost-effective, per-study charge. Facilities will utilize the VRN technology in-house and store their images to Neurostar’s offsite archive. Offsite physicians then will have immediate access to studies on a standard Internet-enabled computer and can read them and store the results back to the server as well as send reports directly to the imaging facility.

“This is a win-win relationship for all parties involved,” says Willie Tillery, CEO for Neurostar Solutions. “Today’s acute radiologist shortage has created a large need for outsourcing radiology reading. Our VRN allows medical practices to transcend geographic boundaries to take advantage of the expertise they need, resulting in better and faster reads—all with almost no set-up time or cost.”

About LocumTenens.com

Founded in 1995, LocumTenens.com is a full-service recruiting firm specializing in supplemental placement of anesthesiologists, radiologists, psychiatrists, surgeons and CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) with U.S. hospitals, medical groups and community health centers. The firm maintains a database of approximately 40,000 physicians and fills roughly 25 percent more of its openings than the industry average.

LocumTenens.com expects to place 1,200 physicians in 2005, approximately 75 percent of them in rural America. The company (http://www.locumtenens.com) also offers the only free physician job board (covering all specialties) on the Web.

LocumTenens.com is part of the Jackson Healthcare Solutions family of companies, named to Inc. magazine’s 23rd annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing U.S. private companies in 2004.

About Neurostar Solutions

Founded in 2000, Neurostar Solutions provides technology and infrastructure to enable virtual radiology networks, connecting hundreds of facilities and thousands of physicians to date. The key to Neurostar’s unique VRN technology is the ability to pull images from an infinite number of imaging sites onto a centralized server and make them available through a single database accessible from any location, streamlining image access and management.

Neurostar’s cost-effective, Web-based clinical image management solution helps practices ensure reading by designated physicians, wherever located, in a timely fashion. It addresses today’s radiologist shortage, the growing need for specialized image interpretation and the challenges of reduced reimbursements. For more information on Neurostar and its image management solutions, visit http://www.neurostarsolutions.com or call 1-866-809-4746.

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