Offices that have already become part of the digital ecosystem will be at the front of the curve, and they’re the ones who will see the earliest and biggest gains from these emergent technologies.
(PRWEB) June 04, 2014
On June 2, 2014, Complete Radiology Reading Services (CRRS) announced that it has made its online medical imaging system available to the public. The company offers customized virtual radiology services to hospitals and practices across the country. A physician-owned general and subspecialty teleradiology outfit, the boutique Westbury-based CRRS recently earned a spot on The Radiology Business Journal’s list of the 20 largest radiology service providers in the country.
CRRS clients enjoy the use of the company’s proprietary imaging service, Medimaging Tools, which the company developed internally to store and convert medical images and communicate with image archiving and communications systems. Now the company has made the tools available to any medical office, even those that don’t use CRRS for radiology services.
“Digitization offers broad advantages aside from those specific to our off-site radiology needs,” says CRRS founder Dr. Allen Rothpearl. “Storing film is a significant expense, and these days it’s an unnecessary one for many practices. This is increasingly the case as the industry moves away from analog film technologies. By removing physical film from the equation, all manner of medical offices can free up office space and eliminate redundant tasks for staff.”
Rothpearl says that digitization can allow staff to focus on other functions. “Some offices find that, after abandoning the traditional image filing system, they even reduce their staffing needs.”
“Lowering overhead expenses and increasing productivity is a priority for us,” he says. “Whether we’re digitizing or providing radiological interpretations, we’re helping practices reduce costs and maximize their returns. In our capacity as a full-service teleradiology company, we typically promote a broad range of scanning and digitizing services. It became obvious that this technology is useful to many offices – not just our teleradiology clients.”
The software system includes CRRS’ proprietary conversion application, which allows users to export various video and image files to the industry-standard DICOM format and send them to a requested server. Rothpearl says digitization is ideal for officers looking to streamline their operations. “It eliminates the need for copying, filing and storage space for film,” he says, “and it’s easily one of the most efficient ways to store, view, duplicate, and distribute X-rays.”
Since privacy and security are key parts of HIPAA regulatory guidelines, files in the CRRS archive are stored redundantly to prevent data loss, and CRRS employs state-of-the-art password protection and encryption methodologies to maintain security.
According to a May 22nd article from Diagnostic Imaging, mobile technology is set to infiltrate radiology education. Meanwhile, DOTmed reports that the medical imaging industry is woefully behind in the world of ‘big data,’ lagging “even farther behind [the medical field as a whole] in using data analytics to improve efficiency and drive value,” according to a May 29 article by Loren Bonner.
“One thing seems certain,” says Rothpearl, “and that is that the offices that have already become part of the digital ecosystem will be at the front of the curve, and they’re the ones who will see the earliest and biggest gains from these emergent technologies.”
Users can obtain a free license to try the software at MedimagingTools.com.
About Complete Radiology Reading Services:
Complete Radiology Reading Services, PLLC (CRRS) was established in 2002 by Dr. Allen Rothpearl, a board-certified radiologist. Dr. Rothpearl recognized that organizations often have a need for radiology services, but may not have access to on-site radiologists for economic or geographical reasons. To meet this need, he formed CRRS.
CRRS has general and subspecialty board-certified radiologists on staff. From the beginning, our physician-owned practice has been servicing primary care clinics, urgent care centers and imaging centers. We have the knowledge and experience to work with fully established medical practices in order to provide imaging services that allow them to expand their services within their communities.