Franklin & Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology (F &S) plans to expand its teleradiology services to subspecialty cardiac teleradiology, as well as provide interpretation services to F &S clients. To facilitate this change, the company has brought on Richard D. White, MD, FACC, FAHA, a professor of radiology and chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Shands Jacksonville. White’s role will be to help expand the company’s subspecialty cardiac teleradiology program, as well as provide interpretation services to F &S clients.
F &S provides radiology groups, imaging centers, physician practices and hospitals around the country with subspecialty teleradiology services as a cost-effective strategy to access a comprehensive network of subspecialty radiologists on a full-time or as-needed basis. Subspecialty expertise helps improve referring physician satisfaction by offering clinically specific, detailed and directive reports and consultations. Additional benefits include increased referrals and revenue, competitive advantage, optimized radiology staffing costs and reduced administration time.
Regarding his new post, White said he is eager to increase “access to a broader range of coronary cases to use in training my residents and fellows. I also see that F &S will serve as a valuable safety net during those times when my department’s caseload demands additional radiologist coverage, as well as an excellent source for team collaboration on challenging cases,” he adds.
According to White, it is very important to have a three-legged approach to a successful cardiac interpretation program: (1) perform the study correctly and provide protocol guidance to clients’ technologist staff in order to optimize the radiology exposure to appropriately support the finding needed; (2) have qualified, experienced cardiac readers on staff; and (3) have the radiologists do their own image manipulation and post processing with a 3D reconstruction program, aided by the technologists as needed.