Essential in a wide variety of health care settings, medical imaging is a key diagnostic tool for many conditions and integral for both monitoring treatment and predicting outcomes. But many health care providers face challenges in recruiting and retaining an in-house team of specialized radiologists who have the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the growing demands of this rapidly evolving—and increasingly complex—field of medicine. Partnering with a reliable teleradiology company is an excellent alternative that will allow your hospital or medical practice to benefit from unparalleled convenience and access to subspecialty radiology expertise.
If you’re searching for a teleradiology partner for your organization, you’ll want to find an established company that can provide timely reads by qualified radiology subspecialists at a competitive price. You’ll also want to feel confident that the partner you choose is the right fit for your organization. Toward that end, here’s what to look for:
Accreditation & Certification by The Joint Commission
A teleradiology company that has achieved accreditation and certification by The Joint Commission—the predominant standard-setting accrediting body in health care—has met rigorous requirements and made a strong statement to the medical community regarding its commitment to delivering safe, high-quality, and continually improving patient care. Think of accreditation and certification as a “report card” that provides an objective evaluation of the organization’s performance.
Consider the wide-ranging scope of your medical imaging needs. At various times, you may need to rely on an expert to interpret images produced by X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), or another modality. Ideally, your teleradiology partner will provide 24/7/365 access to a diverse group of radiology subspecialists who have refined knowledge and extensive experience in their respective areas of focus.
Quality Assurance (QA)
Accurate and timely radiology reporting leads to more precise diagnoses and better-informed treatment decisions. However, as with any type of diagnostic service, radiology services involve decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. As such, the report produced by a radiologist is his or her professional opinion based on the information available at the time. To ensure the best possible patient care, you’ll want to partner with a teleradiology company that has experienced, fellowship-trained radiologists who are certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Additionally, the company should have an effective QA program in place, including a demonstrated commitment to meeting turnaround times (TATs) and an automatic over read of a certain percentage of reports.
Partner With Real Radiology
A national provider of teleradiology services, Real Radiology has set the bar for radiology excellence in the high-demand health care industry. As your trusted teleradiology partner, we will deliver reliable teleradiology services that are fully aligned with the goals of your business. We do not compete with local or regional radiology groups or hospital-employed radiologists; instead, our radiology subspecialists will work seamlessly alongside your in-house radiologists to deliver the best possible care to our shared patients through our collaborative best practices.