Strategic Radiology joins the list of WorldCare service providers which includes the Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, UCLA Health, Jefferson University Hospital and Partners Healthcare, including Massachusetts General Hospital.
“WorldCare pioneered the medical second opinion process and continues to evolve the service by partnering with other industry leaders, including Strategic Radiology,” says WorldCare Chief Technology Officer Paul Clark. “Together with Strategic Radiology we will continue to connect members worldwide with the information and resources needed to make informed medical decisions with greater confidence.”
WorldCare was the first company to obtain FDA clearance for wavelet compression, which allows diagnostic-quality images to be compressed and sent digitally.
This enables medical records to be sent quickly and securely, providing opinions within a matter of hours, if necessary.
Strategic Radiology’s Subspecialty Telerad Partners has been reading for WorldCare on a developmental basis since March 2015. Referrals have come from a number of countries including Kuwait, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
A contract to formalize the arrangement was signed this month.
“The depth of our clinical expertise in subspecialties, our real world experience and our exceptionally rapid turnarounds have proved to be a great asset,” according to Kip McMillan, chief executive officer of Diversified Radiology in Colorado and chair of Strategic Radiology’s IT committee.
McMillan, who has been overseeing the early effort, noted that Strategic Radiology is the only WorldCare vendor that specializes strictly in radiology services.
“This arrangement is confirmation that our Subspecialty Telerad Partners program has value outside the domestic radiology market,” says McMillan. This is a significant event. It means Strategic Radiology is global.”