This new system will virtually eliminate the processes involved in preparing an exam for off-site interpretation, freeing up the technologist to concentrate on scanning critical patients,” said Philip Heckendorn, president of RadCare
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 15, 2011
RadCare®, a leading professional radiology services firm, announced today that it has completed the installation of a new leading-edge diagnostic imaging system at three facilities that will provide an enhanced level of patient care and increase collaboration and communication between physicians.
The installation of Carestream SuperPACS™ (Picture Archiving and Communication System) at two Florida and one Texas hospital will enable RadCare-affiliated radiologists to quickly share diagnostic images and consult with referring physicians and surgeons to form diagnoses and design treatment plans. Quicker radiology results mean patients will experience reduced wait times following exams, faster communication of results, and a quicker pathway to treatment.
“This new system will virtually eliminate the processes involved in preparing an exam for off-site interpretation, freeing up the technologist to concentrate on scanning critical patients,” said Philip Heckendorn, president of RadCare. “In addition, clients will receive urgent final interpretations around the clock, usually within 30 minutes or less, with reports delivered automatically to the patient’s electronic medical record.”
RadCare expects to have the new system installed at most of its affiliated hospital sites by the end of this year. Once completed, the system will dramatically improve throughput and productivity. The implementation of the Carestream system will also provide access to radiology subspecialists 24 hours a day, including neurological, musculoskeletal and pediatric radiologists.
“The Carestream system provides a clear advantage in caring for patients, especially in urgent situations when every second counts,” said Mr. Heckendorn. “The emergency department physician will have a final report in the same time it takes to receive a preliminary report. The radiologist will not have to spend the morning finalizing preliminary reports. This is an instance where you can increase quality and decrease cost – it doesn’t make sense to do it any other way.”
Dallas, Texas-based RadCare is a national leader in radiology services and provides a wide range of professional radiological solutions, from full departmental staffing to offsite support for emergent and subspecialty reads. RadCare provides on-site radiologists and teleradiologists that serve 22 hospitals in six states. These radiologists read 2 million imaging exams a year. RadCare is an affiliate of EmCare, the leading provider of physician services. EmCare-affiliated clinicians provide emergency medicine, hospital medicine, radiology and anesthesiology services at more than 500 hospitals in 40 states.