Our continually evolving healthcare ecosystem – with advances in technology, rising costs, altering coverage and reimbursement structures, shifting regulations and competition from major health systems and private interests – challenges providers at community hospitals, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and academic medical centers to adapt or be left behind.
It’s time for executive teams to start seeing their hospitals’ growth from all directions. Unconventional thinking and innovative decision-making are required. Foundation Radiology, as a trusted advisor, has helped more than 30 healthcare leadership teams through this process.
Top service lines – emergency care, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, women’s services and others – drive hospital strategic plans and growth. Radiology is an underlying access point and service that patients use as the first point of entry into the healthcare continuum. If imaging is substandard or unavailable at the level required, odds are the patient will never walk through that hospital’s doors.
Critical Alignment with Service Lines
Many community hospitals still work within the traditional radiology model where a small local group is servicing the needs of every hospital service.
Service lines in the hospital have become more refined and sophisticated, and diagnostic imaging must be just as sophisticated to meet these needs. Specialty physicians require the confidence that radiologists possess the skill set that best complements their given discipline. Hospital administration must also have the same confidence given razor-thin margins and emphasis on quality outcomes. All of which hinges on diagnosis accuracy.
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The Academy at Your Door
Radiology is no longer an ancillary function; it is a critical component of contemporary hospital success strategies.
As healthcare has become more service line driven, radiologists strive to work in environments where they can practice predominately in their area of specialty. The smaller the group, the less likely it is that the radiologist will be able to do that.
Providing full academic expertise is the strategy: This innovative approach uses a combination of dedicated onsite radiology expertise plus dozens of off-site academic-quality radiologists bringing greater flexibility and clinical quality. Radiologists become strategically aligned and interactive to support service line initiatives, competitive differentiation and overall performance improvement.
These integrated groups use automated software, processes and new staffing solutions for prioritizing, routing and managing studies. A single tech platform removes the barriers to access across multiple hospitals in their network.
This approach ensures that:
- The vital physician relationships and continuity of care at the hospital are a distinct focus and are proactively fostered 24/7/365
- Scalability exists to promptly and expertly meet the unique demands that every service line presents while maintaining a consistent, uninterrupted level of service
An important added benefit: Radiologists gain the support they need to do their jobs well – and say their work conditions, lifestyles and satisfaction rates improve greatly.
Medical Imaging should be viewed as a key differentiator to ensure patients and physicians have the confidence to entrust all their care to your facility.