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WorldRad.com Partners with Global Hawk Telemedicine Dubai…

Leading US-Based Radiology Service Provider Launches Major Effort Aimed at International Expansion March 20, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ--USARAD.com announces a Joint Venture between its international subsidiary WorldRad.com division and Global Hawk Telemedicine based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fill the expanding need for quality MRI and CT subspecialty reads in the Middle East. The Joint-Commission accredited USARAD.com will provide U.S. board-certified and highly qualified American Board Certified radiologists in a full range of radiology sub-specialties to contribute to Global Hawk Telemedicine services. Initially, the partnership will operate in Dubai and then expand into other areas in United Arab Emirates and other parts of Middle East. Global Hawk Telemedicine (GHT) is the leading telemedicine service provider in the Middle East and offers high quality sub-specialty radiology interpretations with a rapidly increasing panel of sub-specialty radiologists. It is a division of Global Hawk Imaging & Diagnostics (GHID), a prestigious chain of diagnostic imaging centers throughout the Middle East and other countries.  Its patients include many well-known members of the royal family of the UAE and representatives of foreign embassies and consulates. Global Hawk Telemedicine is the only UAE teleradiology service provider recognized by Dubai Health Authority and offers a full range of advanced services, including  PET/CT, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, cardiac, breast, oncological, abdominal, thoracic and coronary CTA imaging. WorldRad.com will help the prestigious UAE-based teleradiology group maintain its commitment to exam turnaround in 30 minutes for emergency cases and 4 hours for standard reads, while upholding a commitment to the highest standards of care. A partnership based on a shared commitment to advanced technology, both WorldRad.com and Global Hawk Telemedicine are supported by sophisticated proprietary digital image management and communications infrastructures that speed images in high diagnostic quality across the globe if needed to support ultra-fast, high quality exam reading.  Both practices also offer a full range of imaging technology solutions to clients to facilitate state-of-the-art reciprocal communications of images and reports. According to Michael Yuz, MD, MBA, CEO of USARAD.com & WorldRad.com, although equipped with advanced imaging technology, many areas of the Middle East are suffering from a shortage of radiologists qualified to read today’s advanced imaging exams. “Practices like Global Hawk Telemedicine, offering the highest quality imaging expertise, are providing a vitally important service,” he says. “In partnership with WorldRad.com, Global Hawk Telemedicine can offer reading by highly trained radiologists in locations around the world for 24/7 service.” President and founder of Global Hawk Telemedicine and Global Hawk Imaging & Diagnostics Dr. Nawab Shafi Ul Mulk, MD comments, “Our mission is to work with imaging centers and hospitals in United Arab Emirates and expand into other parts of Middle East shortly, to ensure that patients in underserved regions receive the advanced medical care they deserve. We have created a strong infrastructure of both human talent and technology to support these goals. Today, we are pleased and proud to have WorldRad.com join with us to further these goals and look forward to a long relationship with the company.” Dr. Mulk notes that in today’s global healthcare marketplace the sharing of expertise across political and geographic boundaries is essential and easily made possible with the appropriate organization and technology. Mulk’s group is investing 120 million dirhams in the next 3 years across GCC Countries for a chain of 10 branded Global Hawk Imaging centers, with the pilot GHID project of 12 million already operational after 5 months in Dubai. Dr. Mulk added, "An intense desire to contribute to the healthcare system and paucity of quality imaging and diagnostics centers with an acute shortage of sub-specialty physicians in this region culminated in pioneering and successful implementation of teleradiology services in UAE.  We were further buoyed by positive feedback and strong support by visionary leaders and senior DHA officials.  GHT is an integral part of reputed Multinational Mulk group and will further continue to invest in the healthcare journey by bridging distances across the continents with multidisciplinary telemedicine consultations, aided by innovative Mulk healthcare products.” “Together, Global Hawk Telemedicine and WorldRad.com make that service a reality,” adds Dr. Yuz.  He also points out that for many hospitals and medical practices, teleradiology can provide a cost-effective, efficient solution keeping them up to date with the latest imaging techniques and technologies for the benefit of their patients. About USARAD.com and WorldRad.com WorldRad.com is an international subsidiary corporation of USARAD.com providing service in multiple parts of the world including Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. USARAD.com is a fully physician-owned and operated company that interprets general and a full range of subspecialty exams in all imaging modalities. Utilizing unique Radiology-On-Demand™ cloud-based technology, USARAD.com is committed to providing timely and responsive image review using highly qualified specialists. All subspecialty interpretations are performed by board certified fellowship-trained radiologists and cardiologists. USARAD.com offers state-of-the-art proprietary RIS and PACS technology for advanced report communications with client sites via web-based interface and fax. USARAD.com, headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, is one of the fastest growing teleradiology groups in the country and world. The company provides 24/7/365 service in all 50 states for imaging centers, hospitals and mobile imaging providers. About Global Hawk Telemedicine-Middle East/UAE Pioneering Teleradiology medical company of UAE is part of world brand Multinational Mulk Holdings, a conglomerate of 21 diversified, reputed companies with an estimated market value more than 2 billion dollars. It is also the world’s largest manufacturer of Alubond – USA, a branded high quality building product used across more than 36 countries. GHT is the only Dubai Health Care Authority recognized Telemedicine/Teleradiology service provider in the region.  They offer high quality subspecialty radiology interpretations with a rapidly increasing panel of more than 95 US/UK/UAE/GCC based trained Sub-Specialist Radiologists to provide Teleradiology Outsourcing Solutions. Press Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips Health Flash ... Read more

WorldCare Clinical Starts Offering New Rapid …

WorldCare Clinical, LLC (WCC), a major company concentrating on improving the accuracy of independent assessments in clinical trials, released new rapid turnaround services for imaging safety reviews. The new services ensure that safety assessments ... Read more


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Tunstall Healthcare, a leading provider of telehealth services, announced its backup of a new project that aims to provide telehealth services to a number of three million patients with chronic conditions. The project includes delivering healthcare and social care to those patients using telehealth and tele care technologies. The Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow MP, announced the beginning of the '3millionlives' project. The latter will use a recently designed telehealth and telecare pilot, the Whole Systems Demonstrator (WSD), to deliver care. Minister Burstow said "This new approach is set to improve the quality of care for 3 million people, increase their independence and dignity as well as reduce the time they spend in hospital. It is only by the telehealth industry working together with the Department of Health and other stakeholders, that this will be possible." He continued “In addition, UK industry will gain a competitive edge in a marketplace where many millions of people worldwide could benefit from this technology, helping to generate income and jobs in the UK.” WSD was created by the Department of Health (DH) to assess the benefits telehealth and tele care technologies can provide to patients with chronic conditions. A research was carried out for 3 years to confirm the potential advantages the tele technology can offer. It was reported that that using telehealth and tele care resulted in decrease in A&E visits by 15%, emergency admissions by 20%, elective admissions by 14%, and total mortality rates by 45%. WSD used telehealth services provided by Tunstall in the three sites of the program, Cornwall, Kent and Newham. "3millionlives is a fantastic example of industry and government working alongside each other to improve the lives of individuals living with long term conditions, enhancing clinical outcomes, supporting patients and doctors and saving money for the tax payer." Commented Gil Baldwin, Vice Chair of the 3millionlives, and CEO of ... Read more

WorldRad.com Signs Major Exclusive Reading Contract in …

First American Teleradiology Company to Help Fill Medical Service Gaps in a Developing Country January 11, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ--WorldRad.com (www.worldrad.com) has been selected as the exclusive provider of 24/7 teleradiology services for Guyana Imaging Providers in a country that suffers from a national shortage of qualified radiologists. WorldRad.com--the international division of the highly successful US teleradiology company USARAD.com LLC (www.usarad.com)--will provide assistance to cover the radiology practice’s general and OB ultrasound services, filling an important need in the South American nation. According to Michael Yuz, MD, MBA, CEO of both internet-based teleradiology companies, “The agreement will play a crucial role in bringing a higher quality-of-care to an underserved population in tremendous need and providing a model of how teleradiology services can benefit patients and practices in areas facing a shortage of medical imaging services.” “Ultrasound is a widely used modality in many nations with limited healthcare technology and other resources such as Guyana,” comments Thomas C. Eversley R.T., M.P.M and CEO of Guyana Imaging Providers.  “The need for qualified radiologists for reading a large volume of varied ultrasound images in Guyana is tremendous because the country suffers from a shortage of qualified radiologists.” To deliver its services, WorldRad.com stores and accesses all PACS, related technology and images on the secure USARAD.com cloud, enabling streamlined, flexible connectivity from any location. Maintaining the same business practices that have brought USARAD.com its high degree of success in the US, WorldRad.com will offer the site the services of a full range of sub-specialty radiologists as the needs of Guyana Imaging expand. WorldRad.com is committed to delivering fast service, with STAT studies within an average of 15 to 20 minutes and routine cases within several hours.  The company will also be available to provide consultations and second opinions on exams read in Guyana. WorldRad.com is headed by the same management and utilizes the same Radiology-On-Demand™ platform as USARAD.com.  It is committed to providing services at reasonable fees to address the needs of the local marketplace.  All exams from Guyana will be read by US Board-certified radiologists located within the US to ensure high quality reading. “We are extremely excited about the new relationship in Guyana,” comments Dr. Yuz.  “As the sophistication of medical services offered in the country grows, so will its need for qualified radiologists, and WorldRad.com is perfectly positioned to meet that need.” Launched in October 2011, WorldRad.com provides services across the globe, from Europe and Asia to the Middle East, South America and more.  It fills a vital need in underdeveloped countries where trained physicians are at a premium, as well as in other locations experiencing a similar radiology shortage seen in the US 10 years ago. “In some countries, the average report turnaround time when using local radiologists is not minutes but weeks,” comments Yuz.  “American radiologists are highly trained and well regarded throughout the world.  WorldRad can significantly enhance the speed and quality of care in many locations and is already doing so in such locations as Russia, the Middle East and Latin America.” To sign up for the service please visit www.WorldRad.com.  A live company representative will work with all customers to streamline their experience with the system. About USARAD.com and WorldRad.com WorldRad.com is an international division of USARAD.com. USARAD.com is a fully physician-owned and operated company that interprets general and a full range of subspecialty exams in all imaging modalities. Utilizing unique Radiology-On-Demand™ cloud-based technology, USARAD.com is committed to providing timely and responsive image review using highly qualified specialists. All subspecialty interpretations are performed by board certified fellowship-trained radiologists and cardiologists. USARAD.com offers state-of-the-art proprietary RIS and PACS technology for advanced report communications with client sites via web-based interface and fax. USARAD.com, headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, is one of the fastest growing teleradiology groups in the country. The company provides 24/7/365 service in all 50 states for imaging centers, hospitals and mobile imaging providers. For further information on this unique new service, please call Dave Morgan at 888-886-5238 x 44 or Dan Klosterman at 888-886-5238 x 41, or visit www.usarad.com. Press Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips Health Flash ... Read more

Tunstall Acquires American Medical Alert Corporation …

Tunstall Healthcare Group, a leading provider of telehealth services in England, has recently acquired American Medical Alert Corporation (AMAC). The latter is a New York-based provider of remote health monitoring solutions. Jack Rhian, CEO of AMAC, said “We welcome and embrace the opportunity to serve as the foundational acquisition serving the North American territory on behalf of Tunstall," He added "With Tunstall’s exceptional engineering and manufacturing capabilities complementing AMAC’s high touch communication and monitoring competence, AMAC will be uniquely positioned to serve the full spectrum of healthcare providers with remote patient monitoring devices and services as the U.S. government and medical providers seek to provide accountable and cost efficient patient care.” Gil Baldwin, Group CEO, Tunstall Healthcare Group, said "With this acquisition, Tunstall now has a strong North American business, including our successful business in Canada, that will enable us to grow in a market place increasingly requiring our products and ... Read more

USARad.com Launches XMRI.com (Beta)* Consumer-Oriented …

Patent-Pending Automated Portal Enables Quick and Affordable Radiology Interpretations and Second Opinions November 23, 2011, Mt. Laurel, NJ--USARAD.com, a leading national outsourced radiology solutions provider, announces the launch of XMRI.com, a revolutionary new radiology interpretation and second opinion service delivered over the Internet.  The patent-pending, fully automated platform enables quick and simple web image upload with reports available within hours and even minutes. The price, as low as $29 per report, makes this service affordable to virtually everyone. While radiology second opinions within the medical community have been standard practice for years, until now this service has not been easily accessible by patients or has been very expensive. Now, XMRI.com makes obtaining radiology second opinions, as well as primary exam reads, simple, quick and affordable.  The service helps enhance patient care by providing consumers with an important new resource for informed health care decision making. Utilizing the XMRI.com website, anyone who would like a primary report or a second opinion on an imaging exam—patients, radiologists, other physicians, and medical facilities as well as legal or insurance professionals—can obtain one online.  The site’s proprietary patent-pending** cloud-based technology enables users to upload images and receive a formal radiological report, often in less than an hour. The system utilizes a unique automated cloud-based technology platform, developed in partnership with Dicom Systems, Inc., a San Francisco based healthcare IT company and interoperability expert. A joint patent has been filed for the technology with The United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patients According to Michael Yuz, MD, MBA, founder and CEO of USARAD.com and XMRI.com, “Consumerism in healthcare is at an all-time high. At the same time, experts predict that internet traffic will quadruple by the year 2014. Today, patients want to have an important say in who provides their health care and how they receive it.  In radiology, more and more, they are demanding real-time information including quality exam interpretations, and the Internet now makes that possible.” Ask-The-Radiologist™ In addition to interpretation service, a complimentary patient Q/A feature is available through the XMRI.com website. Patients can ask any question related to the radiology and imaging anonymously and receive an answer within 24 to 48 hours. Radiologists Dr. Yuz also notes: “Radiologists often also have the need for second opinions. In many parts of the U.S. and around the world, radiologists practice solo, in rural areas, for example, and need occasional consultation on difficult exams. Radiologists also may be presented with a difficult or specialized case and need the expertise of a fellowship- trained or sub-specialty radiologist. In particular, a growing number of referring clinicians request subspecialty diagnostic reports, making this a key competitive differentiator and marketing tool to increase referrals. On occasion, radiologists are involved in medico-legal cases and need a specialist consultation. XMRI.com can meet all these needs.” Peer Review Additionally, radiologists and radiology centers can utilize the XMRI.com platform to upload studies for peer review and quality assurance. The XMRI peer review program is open to individual radiologists, hospital radiology departments, imaging centers, IDTFs, mobile imaging providers and multi-specialty physician groups. Referring Physicians XMRI.com also makes radiology experts directly available to clinicians and any other medical professional. “There are many reasons to utilize XMRI.com,” notes Dr. Yuz. “For example, a patient may have a digital copy of an imaging study but not have the radiological report. This often is true when a study is performed outside of the United States. Or, perhaps there is discrepancy between clinical and radiological findings, or the patient believes the report is not accurate.” Insurance and Legal Professionals*** Insurance companies can use the XMRI.com platform for the purposes of utilization and independent medical reviews. Attorneys and other legal professionals can use the service when a radiologist’s expert opinion is needed. XMRI.com radiology experts produce detailed and when possible definitive reports.  Therefore this service is valuable, for example, in personal injury cases where an expert opinion is necessary. Imaging Around the World The XMRI.com service and reports are available in any language. Numerous countries worldwide are experiencing a shortage of radiologists overall and an acute shortage of radiology sub-specialists. In some areas, the average radiology report turnaround time is several weeks. American Board Certified radiologists are highly regarded throughout the world and are made easily available through XMRI.com. Future Upgrades Multiple additional features are currently being developed and implemented. For example, in the near future, consumers will be able to utilize the website for long term image storage and instantaneous retrieval. *Beta version of the product is released. This version may contain errors and may show some incompatibility with certain browsers. All issues are being addressed and feedback is encouraged. **US Patent Pending 61/551,473 "Method and apparatus for providing radiological second opinions”, reports available in any language. ***Due to conflict of interest XMRI.com may not be utilized in cases of medical malpractice cases where radiologist is a defendant. XMRI.com also does not provide an expert witness service at this time. About USARAD.com LLC USARAD.com is a fully physician-owned and operated company that interprets general and a full range of subspecialty exams in all imaging modalities. Utilizing unique Radiology-On-Demand™ cloud-based technology, USARAD.com is committed to providing timely and responsive image review using highly qualified specialists. All subspecialty interpretations are performed by board certified fellowship-trained radiologists and cardiologists. USARAD.com offers state-of-the-art proprietary RIS and PACS technology for advanced report communications with client sites via web-based interface and fax. USARAD.com is headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and is one of the fastest growing teleradiology groups in the country. The company provides 24/7/365 service in all 50 states for imaging centers, hospitals and mobile imaging providers. For further information on this unique new service, please call Dave Morgan at 888-886-5238 x 44 or Dan Klosterman at 888-886-5238 x 41, or visit www.usarad.com. About Dicom Systems, Inc. Dicom Systems (www.dcmsys.com) offers a 100% secure web-based DICOM and HL7 routing and interface engine appliance for hospitals, clinics and diagnostic imaging centers. Its proprietary technology dramatically simplifies the client’s IT structure by applying industry standard protocols, such as SNMP, SSL/TLS, DICOM and HL7, thus enabling users staggeringly quick and effective access to information regardless of their physical location within the enterprise. Trusted by top healthcare facilities, and providing the most effective integrated workflow in digital imaging, Dicom Systems ensures that doctors, practitioners and diagnosticians have the most reliable and most immediate access to patient data from across their Healthcare Enterprises. Dicom Systems’ unique technology can significantly simplify and improve your IT structures, and provide a highly efficient and cost effective solution to enterprise communications. For further information on this unique new service please contact Tanya Wehr, Dicom Systems, Inc. 415.684.8790, tanya@dcmsys.com Press Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips Health Flash ... Read more


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Renowned Children’s Hospital is 30th Site in the Kansas City and Surrounding Area where SeeMyRadiology.com Evolves into the De Facto HIE Platform for Imaging ATLANTA — (November 22nd, 2011) SeeMyRadiology.com (http://www.seemyradiology.com) announces its 30th direct installation in the Kansas City and surrounding area at Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics (CMHC), ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers.  The hospital will utilize the SeeMyRadiology.com cloud-based platform for the communication of images beyond the enterprise, including both sending and receiving images from surrounding community hospitals, imaging centers and physician practices. With SeeMyRadiology.com’s single, comprehensive web portal, sending facilities—wherever located—can upload images and enable Internet-based access in full diagnostic quality for referring physicians, consulting radiologists, patients and other authorized users anywhere. According to Willie Tillery, CEO of SeeMyRadiology.com, “The Kansas City area is one example where usage of SeeMyRadiology.com has grown exponentially during the past 12 months so that the platform has effectively become a Health Information Exchange for imaging in the region.  As more facilities begin to take advantage of the service, SeeMyRadiology.com is quickly becoming the de facto standard for image sharing, encouraging more and more sites to join the network.” Counting both direct subscriber hub sites and secondary spoke sites that use the free application for image sharing on-the-fly, SeeMyRadiology.com boasts more than 30 imaging facilities in the Kansas City area, among them such major facilities as The University of Kansas Hospital and Saint Luke's Health System. SeeMyRadiology.com provides an easy-to-manage, cost-effective alternative to image sharing using CDs and hard copy films. Remote users upload images directly from their PACS archive to the destination hospital’s SeeMyRadiology.com Internet portal. The solution requires no software download at the recipient’s site and offers an easy-to-use social media-like interface with a full range of communications options for image viewing and collaboration. It provides advanced security and permissions to ensure full HIPAA compliance for all image sharing. “As the major children’s hospital in a large geographic area, our hospital receives more than 400 CDs a month from outside locations,” says Joe Racela, CIIP, PMP, Radiology Informatics project manager for CMHC. “Importing these images is a significant task—but extremely important to avoid exam re-takes that mean additional radiation for children.”Racela notes that originally CMHC had used SeeMyRadiology.com to share its own images with The University of Kansas Hospital which is a longtime subscriber to the service. Immediately, CMHC saw a great value in the service and also became a hub site. “Today, we have about 21 smaller hospitals and physicians offices—spoke sites—of our own,” he adds. “The system works extremely well. We are very pleased with the benefits, which are growing as an increasing number of local medical facilities are using the system.” CMHC relies on the SeeMyRadiology.com platform for a range of use cases. These include new patient referrals, trauma transfers and consults with other hospitals. When an exam enters the facility through SeeMyRadiology.com, it is immediately sent to storage in the PACS and to a special SeeMyRadiology.com folder so that the physicians involved know it has arrived. The image can then be immediately recalled and viewed online or via mobile devices, such as the iPads® or iPhones®. For trauma transfers, physicians can access an exam before the patient arrives onsite, plan the procedure and even prep the OR—rather than waiting for the patient to arrive with images on a CD. For referral patients, the platform also has numerous advantages.  “When a patient has an imaging exam done at another facility, about 30 percent of the time we are not able to access it, whether because the format is incompatible or patients simply fail to bring it with them. Now, in these situations, we can look to SeeMyRadiology.com to find out where the last exam was done,” says Racela. “Using the platform, we also can contact the site and request the patient data.  Exams arrive in real time, avoiding unnecessary treatment delays and exam retakes. Both patient care and hospital workflow benefit.” CMHC uses the system to access not only recent priors but also a patient’s exam history if needed. “It works extremely well,” he says.  “It really makes a difference in efficiency and quality of care. With such a large number of medical facilities in the area on SeeMyRadiology.com, it is almost like having our own health information exchange, but at significantly less cost than a formal system.” Heartland Health, a community hospital in nearby St. Joseph, MO, is a spoke site using SeeMyRadiology.com to connect with eight facilities and three sub-facilities. It sends numerous cases to CMHC for trauma and specialized care. “Prior to SeeMyRadiology.com, we used to share images on CD.  But in the digital age, we knew there had to be a better way,” says Dr. Joe Boyce, MD, CIO, CMIO for Heartland. After conducting a survey of the marketplace, Dr. Boyce was convinced that the better way was SeeMyRadiology.com, and he presented the solution to Heartland Health, asking them to become a hub site to help referring hospitals streamline exam sharing. “Now, when we want images to reach remote sites, we can simply upload them to the cloud, and they’re en route,” he says, noting that the impact of this has been fewer repeat exams and enhanced clinical care. According to Dr. Boyce, in trauma transfer cases, SeeMyRadiology.com often means that sites will not “…waste the golden hour, when every second counts in delivering timely, appropriate treatment for critical care patients.  When these hospitals can begin treatment planning before the patient arrives with their images on CD, surgeries begin sooner and outcomes are improved.” About SeeMyRadiology.com SeeMyRadiology.com is an online community for medical image exchange that is revolutionizing how imaging facilities, physicians, and patients store, share, and access medical images and reports through a single, comprehensive web portal. By applying the advantages of cloud computing, SeeMyRadiology.com allows for easier and more efficient collaboration and communication between health care facilities, caregivers and patients. Members of the SeeMyRadiology.com community have immediate access to full diagnostic quality images via the Internet in a HIPAA-compliant and secure environment, dramatically improving the speed, mobility, efficiency and quality of care while reducing the cost of medical image exchange. SeeMyRadiology.com is in use by leading institutions including Kaiser Permanente, Ohio State University Medical Center, Orlando Health, University of Kansas Hospital and University of Utah Health Care among others. Learn more at www.seemyradiology.com Media Contact: Kaci ... Read more

USARAD.com Launches National Radiologist Support …

Novel Program Helps Strengthen and Optimize Inpatient and Outpatient Radiology Practices November 22, 2011, Mt. Laurel, NJ--USARAD.com, a Joint Commission accredited provider of radiology and teleradiology services, launches a radiologist support network to help grow radiology practices across the United States. The new program pools the manpower and expertise of participants across multiple radiology practices. It realizes significant cost savings compared to traditional teleradiology services by utilizing the power of existing USARAD.com IT and radiology service provider infrastructure and enables participants to expand their expand service offerings. The new USARAD.com support network will facilitate mutually beneficial relationships with radiologists and private radiology groups in several stages. Initial Stage The initial stage will involve implementation of USARAD.com’s Radiology-on-Demand™ cloud-based platform, which provides participants with offsite radiologists for overflow, night, weekend and daytime vacation teleradiology coverage. Simultaneously, these participating local radiologists will join USARAD.com’s team and gain immediate access to this state-of-the-art platform to support anywhere, any time reading of their own exams. Using the platform, practices also will be able to access multiple additional facilities with which they are credentialed.  This includes other facilities in the same state and region as well as in the states where radiologists are licensed. Radiologists will be able to login and work during predetermined shifts as well as in a flexible fashion whenever time allows. Immediate Benefits Through the USARAD.com platform, radiology groups will be able to connect with other radiologists to create regional coverage pools, which will obviate the need for outside teleradiology services. Radiologists can cover as much or as little of their own call as desired.  This will especially benefit practices that are not able to provide 24/7 coverage on their own. The result will be significantly improved continuity of patient care and elimination of the radiologist turn over common in current teleradiology models.  Using the USARAD.com teleradiology platform, participating practices will be able to locate and offer the subspecialty expertise of fellowship trained radiologists and cardiologists 24/7 as needed. As a result, these local groups will be able to expand their services with such specialized exams as cardiac CT, echocardiography, breast MRI and more. Comprehensive peer review will also be available through this program. USARAD.com will offer its expertise with proven internet and traditional techniques to help expand local practices and to assist with marketing and advertising.  At the same time, these strategic alliances will solidify local practices and enhance efficiency. Radiologists will be able to earn significant extra income by reading their own and outside studies via the Radiology-on-Demand™ platform whenever they are available from any location. Second Stage and Long Term Benefits During this optional stage, full IT integration will be implemented and all studies performed by the practice will be interpreted via Radiology-on-Demand™ platform.  Assistance with on-site coverage will be implemented on a case-by-case basis via the USARAD.com network of thousands radiologists throughout the US. Each local radiology professional corporation will also be able to enter into a long-term management services agreement with the outside Medical Services Organization (MSO), affiliated with USARAD.com. MSO is a unique additional offering expressly designed to relieve physicians of non-medical business functions so that they can concentrate on the clinical aspects of their practice. Additional benefits of the MSO agreement will include billing and back-office support at preferred rates due to economies of scale. MSO also will be able to provide practice management and administrative support services and develop medical malpractice insurance and equipment leasing discounts, as well as shared staffing and benefits. According to Michael Yuz, MD, MBA, CEO of USARAD.com, “These concepts resemble, to some extent, a franchise model except that local practices would be able to preserve their local identities, and individual radiologists would be able to become investors in the MSO. Thus long-term value will be created on both local and national levels.”Please visit us at RSNA Booth 1635 (across from Siemens) to discuss details. About USARAD.com USARAD.com is a fully physician-owned and operated company that interprets general and a full range of subspecialty exams in all imaging modalities. Utilizing unique Radiology-On-Demand™ cloud-based technology, USARAD.com is committed to providing timely and responsive image review using highly qualified specialists. All subspecialty interpretations are performed by board certified fellowship-trained radiologists and cardiologists. USARAD.com offers state-of-the-art proprietary RIS and PACS technology for advanced report communications with client sites via web-based interface and fax. USARAD.com are headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, is one of the fastest growing teleradiology groups in the country. The company provides 24/7/365 service in all 50 states for imaging centers, hospitals and mobile imaging providers. For further information on this unique new program, please call Dave Morgan at 888-886-5238 x 44 or Dan Klosterman at 888-886-5238 x 41, or visit www.usarad.com. Press Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips Health Flash ... Read more

Telemedicine is Cost-effective for Rural Stroke …

Telemedicine might be a cost-effective solution for improving stroke patient treatment at rural hospitals that cannot employ a full-time neurologist, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Utah Health System in Salt Lake City, Utah in collaboration with researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, used a complex statistical model to compare the cost-effectiveness of stroke treatment using telestroke in rural emergency departments with stroke treatment provided in similar emergency departments without the 2-way audiovisual system. The study appears in the Sept. 20, 2011 journal Neurology. Led by Dr. Jennifer Majersik, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Utah Stroke Center, the researchers developed a decision-analytic model that took into account the cost of treatment using the system and the quality of life following treatment both in the 90 day period post-treatment and over the lifetime of the patient. They compared those costs and benefits with the costs and quality of life of patients treated in rural emergency rooms without the system or a neurologist on staff. “I wanted to do this study to see, ‘were we doing something that most of us thought was beneficial but were we doing it at too high of a cost,’ Majersik told the Hub in a phone interview, “in which case we should stop. But we weren’t. It turned out it was an extraordinarily cost effective way to provide care.” Rather than track stroke patients from the initial treatment in the emergency department through discharge, or transfer and then rehabilitation, Majersik said they used the cost and outcomes data that had already been gathered in previous studies and fed them into their statistical model. “There were a few data points missing from the literature, one of them being the costs of a telestroke network,” Majersik said. “But we are in one, so we know what the costs are, we just haven’t published it, so we pooled data from our network and from the Mayo Clinic network in Phoenix. We used these costs and the outcomes to run the model.” The model included quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained combined with costs to generate incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs). The costs were all converted to 2008 dollars. In the lifetime horizon model, both costs and QALYs were discounted at 3 percent annually. In the initial analysis the researchers ran the model assuming a telestroke stystem with eight rural hospitals and one “hub” or tertiary hospital staffed with four neurologists who rotate telestroke calls either from the hospital or from home telestroke units. They also assumed that each rural hospital would use the system once per month for 12 telestroke consults per year. They also explored a model based on a start-up scenario in which the telestroke network would only have one hub and one to three rural hospitals in the system. “Twelve (annual consults per spoke) is an average amount for our network, and we polled other hospitals in the area as well,” Majersik said. “We ranged it from 6 to 30 stroke patients. The truth is if you start to have a larger volume of strokes, then you will probably be able to support your own neurologist.” The analyses were calculated based on total costs of telestroke system, the administration of tissue plaminogen activator (stroke therapy), hospital transfers and caregiver costs and the quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). They compared these costs and the outcomes between hospitals equipped with the telestroke system and those that were not. The effectiveness outcome of interest in this study was QALYs, which are constructed by multiplying the years of remaining life with the utility weight associated with a certainmodified Rankin score (mRS) score. The telestroke incremental cost effectiveness ratio compared to usual care was $108,363 per quality-adjusted life years for the 90 days following treatment, but spread over the remaining lifetime of the patient, the cost was $2,449/QALY. According to the authors the cutoff for cost effectiveness is generally considered to be $50,000/QALY. Other authors suggest that treatment be considered inexpensive when the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio is $20,000/QALY and expensive when the ratio is $100,000/QALY. Consequently, they concluded that by either standard telestroke was cost-effective when using the lifetime horizon. “In this study, we have shown that telestroke is more cost-effective in the lifetime horizon, with an ICER of $2,449/QALY, than in the 90-day horizon (ICER of $108,363/QALY),” they wrote. “This divergence of results by time horizon is most likely due to the large up-front fixed costs of telestroke equipment compared to the lifelong benefit of improved quality of life from increased tPA use.” In an accompanying editorial in the journal Drs. Steven H. Rudolph, MD, Steven R. Levine, of the Department of Neurology at the State University of New York (SUNY), concluded that results suggest that telestroke ought to be considered a appropriate strategy for treating stroke patients in rural community hospitals. “These results argue strongly for policy change,” they wrote. “Telestroke, as live off-site care, has now been shown to be cost-effective, thus encouraging reimbursement for these services to the same extent as live, on-site care.” By Michael O'Leary, contributing writer, Health Imaging Hub assistant ... Read more


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The Halton and St Helens Division of Bridgewater Community Health Services has recently announced the success of a telehealth project. The later was taking place for 12 months and it included cooperation with Tunstall and Sefton Careline. The ... Read more


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Tunstall Healthcare, a leading company providing healthcare IT solutions, has recently started offering its Hearing Impairment Kit in Merseyside. The kit is a telehealth solution that helps people with impaired hearing function. Tunstall’s Hearing Impairment Kit is provided as a part of a partnership between the company, Sefton Borough Council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. The kit can be used by patients regardless their age. Hearing Impairment Kit allows its users to live more independently and safely at the same time. Tunstall's Hearing Impairment Kit includes the company’s Lifeline Connect solution, in addition to home unit with personal trigger, and various telecare sensors including smoke detectors, pager alert and a pillow alert pad. The sensors release alerts to users in case of emergencies. “It is what we're here for, to provide peace of mind to people and empower them to live their lives.” said Alex McGowan, Sefton Careline Team Manager. He added “It's great that the technology is advancing all the time and we're able to help people in more creative ways. We're getting positive feedback from all the clients using the service, including our younger ... Read more

Telemedicine Program Matches Outcomes of Specialty …

Remote patients and prison inmates treated for hepatitis C by primary care physicians with telemedicine help from a university specialty clinic achieved equal viral suppression as patients treated at the university clinic, a new study shows. Maintaining a rigorous schedule of up to 18 treatments over a prolonged time at a specialty clinic is one of the significant barriers to effective management of HCV. The prospective telemedicine cohort study led by Dr. Sanjeev Arora of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, compared treatment outcomes of patients who were up to 250 miles away from the university clinic to patients treated by the specialists at the clinic. "Barriers to treatment are so formidable and concerns for safety so great that in 2004 almost no patients with HCV infection in rural and frontier areas of New Mexico were receiving treatment," Arora's group wrote in the paper published in the June 1, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine. The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) program was developed to improve access to care for complex chronic diseases such as hepatitis C virus. The program uses video-conferencing technology to train and support primary care providers in remote and underserved populations. Community clinicians at the sites connected to weekly discussions via video- or teleconferencing to ask questions and plan patient care according to evidence-based protocols. In the study 407 patients with chronic HCV infection, who had undergone no previous treatment, were treated by primary care physicians at 21 ECHO sites with telemedicine support from specialists at the University of New Mexico HCV clinic. The researchers compared the outcomes of 261 patients at the ECHO sites with outcomes of 146 patients treated at the UNM specialty clinic. The end point of the study was a sustained viral suppression. In the university-treated group, 84 patients (57.5 percent) achieved a sustained viral response compared to 152 patients (58.2 percent) treated at the remote sites. Among 83 patients with HCV-1 infection at the university clinic, 38 (45.8 percent) achieved a sustained viral response compared to 73 of 147 HCV-1 patients (49.7 percent) at the ECHO sites. Genetic diversity of HCV is one reason that it has been difficult to develop an effective vaccine since a vaccine must protect against all genotypes. There are at least six distinctly different strains of the virus, which have different genetic profiles (genotypes). In the U. S. genotype 1 is the most common form of HCV. Serious adverse events occurred in 13.7 percent of the patients at the UNM HCV clinic and in 6.9 percent of the patients at ECHO sites. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Thomas Sequist, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital noted that safety is one of the reasons primary care physicians are often reluctant to treat HCV patients. The primary treatment for HCV is pegylated interferon and ribavirn, which require aggressive management by multidisciplinary experts. It is so difficult to manage, the study authors noted that encouraging primary care physicians to treat HCV without training or assistance would not be ethical. Sequist agreed with that assessment saying that the type of program used in the study with training and telemedicine support from academic medical centers is essential to extending the success of the study to other areas with limited access to specialists. With the success in HCV treatment, the ECHO program has been expanded to 255 sites addressing a variety of complex health problems, including substance abuse, chronic pain, asthma, and rheumatologic conditions. "The ECHO model has the potential for being replicated elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad,” the researchers wrote. “With community providers and academic specialists collaborating to respond to an increasingly diverse range of chronic health issues.” By Michael O’Leary, contributing writer, Health Imaging ... Read more

Tunstall to Implement a Telehealth Program at NHS …

Tunstall Healthcare, a major company providing healthcare IT solutions, announced a new partnership with NHS Gloucestershire. Tunstall will provide a large-scale telehealth program at NHS Gloucestershire, aiming to support the management of patients with chronic conditions. Tunstall’s telehealth program offers a managed system of care and response targeted at monitoring short and medium term care needs of patients with chronic conditions. The program will eventually help NHS Gloucestershire by reducing hospital admissions. Gloucestershire is a population of nearly 600,000; about 6,000 of which are patients with chronic conditions. Therefore, using Tunstall’s telehealth solution is surely coming to the right place at the right time. The telehealth program will include 2,000 patients with conditions such as chronic heart failure (CHF), chronic heart disease (CHD), diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). "The widespread use of telehealth technology will complement other developments across the NHS in Gloucestershire to help reduce referrals to hospitals, help more patients to receive their care within, or as close to, home as possible and help more patients to understand better and self manage their own conditions, within the safety and fabric of telehealth monitoring." said Dr. Will Haynes, a Gloucester-based GP and practice-based commissioning lead for Gloucester, also working with Tunstall on the telehealth project.  "As a GP, I welcome the opportunity to use these tools to work with patients to understand their condition," he concluded. Implementing the telehealth program will begin this summer. Tunstall, along with Ernst & Young, will be offering complete project management. "We are extremely pleased to be working in a strategic partnership with such an innovative team. We are committed to ensuring this large-scale managed telehealth service is a success and I am confident that patients and clinicians will benefit greatly in the future," said Jon Lowe, Tunstall's Managing ... Read more

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