Opportunity in Times of Change – Subspecialty Access – Part Two

May 29, 2014

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. —Charles Darwin

In our first blog in the series, we discussed the emerging trend of radiology group collaboration and how the sharing of resources and talent can help alleviate one of the largest pain points in radiology – increasing access to subspecialists.  In this segment, we briefly discuss specifically how this is accomplished through strategic multi-group collaboration.

Today, it is critical hospitals possess enhanced access to radiology sub-specialists in order to effectively compete in their respective market for both top medical talent as well as patients.  As such, hospitals are demanding more specialized access from their radiology practices.  And by default, it is expected the radiology group will deliver.

 

The challenge is hiring a sub-specialist such as an individual who possesses pediatric neurological radiology training which only represents 2-3% of all radiologists may not be practical from a utilization and/or financial perspective.  In short, you need their expertise but only a fraction of the time.

The answer to this dilemma for an increasing number of groups is to bridge this gap through technology and a multi-group collaborative unified work list to enable the appropriate sharing and leveraging of that sub-specialist. The collaborating groups are linked by a distributive imaging technology platform through a central unified work list allowing the groups to access and utilize subspecialized clinicians according to practice and  specific criteria. By partnering, these practices are able to share clinical talent to cost effectively fill the subspecialty gaps.  In the process, they are better equipped to meet the growing demands of the hospitals being served seeking to expand services throughout the community.