Radiology partnership to help save patient lives

Photo courtesy MGN Online Image Id: 353462 11/22/2016
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The University of Virginia Health System and the Foundation Radiology Group have signed an agreement to expand access to high-quality medical imaging.

Alan Matsumoto, MD, the chair of the UVA Health System's Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging says rapid changes that are occurring in the health care environment have created challenges in the radiology practices.

“Academic medical centers, in particular, have the additional challenge of adjusting to these changes while continuing to optimize the educational experience of their trainees and pursue discovery and scholarly activities,” he said. “The innovative partnership between the University of Virginia and Foundation Radiology group will not only allow our Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging to better address our clinical, research and educational missions, but also create a radiology practice model that can more easily adapt to the changing needs of the patients and health systems we serve. One of the most exciting components of this new UVA-Foundation radiology team is that we will have a greater opportunity to positively impact the well-being of more patients across the Commonwealth.”

“As health systems shift to value-based care, having more subspecialty-trained radiologists both locally and remotely to support every service live and center of excellence is essential to deliver the future of radiology,” said Foundation's CEO Richard Vance, MD.

According to the release, the Foundation's proprietary IT platform integrates multiple hospitals across networks, which will allow for a smoother workflow, image visualization, and data exchange.

There are multiple processes and quality measures incorporated into the radiology workflow.

Vance says findings are delivered in less than 20 minutes, which helps save lives.

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