Empowering radiologists to standardize care and improve outcomes

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Empowering radiologists to standardize care and improve outcomes

Diagnostic decision support for optimal performance

The downstream impact of radiology is significant in today’s healthcare environment. Optimal care often begins with an accurate imaging analysis and its accompanying clinical recommendations.

As a specialty, radiology is a growing field of influence in healthcare, accounting for 10% of annual U.S. healthcare spending. In truth, the work of radiologists has broad reach, touching nearly every patient and disease category—which, in turn, opens the door to great risk and great opportunity.

Increased performance expectations introduced by value-based care demand that radiologists make the best decisions for each patient. With so much at stake, healthcare organizations must standardize best practices to improve performance with key metrics such as patient safety, mortality, length of stay and patient experience. This eBook aims to educate healthcare stakeholders on the increasingly critical role of reference and decision support tools within radiology

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The teleradiology market is expected to grow from $4.6 billion in 2017 to $21.8 billion by 2026, underscoring increasing demand for radiologic expertise to improve diagnostic turnaround and quality of care.i

JAMA Internal Medicine estimates that between 20% and 50% of inpatient diagnostic imaging is clinically unnecessary, creating an estimated $12 billion in medical imaging waste annually in the U.S.ii Current initiatives on the public and private payer front point to increased scrutiny and efforts to ensure more appropriate use of radiologic services.iii, iv,v

The bottom line on clinical and cost challenges

National healthcare movements are placing greater focus on quality metrics and cost reductions. As one of healthcare’s highest cost centers, radiology is a natural focal point of performance improvement.

There is an overutilization of radiology services, increasing risks to patients who receive unnecessary radiation and tests based on meaningless clinical findings. In addition, inadequate subspecialty expertise increases diagnostic errors and litigation, affecting bottom-line fallout. The Journal of the American College of Radiology estimates that, at minimum, a staff of 20 radiologists is needed to provide sufficient expertise across all subspecialties—a difficult goal for most healthcare organizations.


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A comprehensive and trusted diagnostic support tool for radiologists

STATdx® contains expert-written diagnoses and expert-selected annotated images to help increase diagnostic confidence, especially in complex and rare imaging cases.

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