14 May 2014

Physician Q&A: The Benefits of Teleradiology

Teleradiology is one of the biggest healthcare trends in recent years; one study predicts that the market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2019. At Sheridan, we’re taking it one step further with our proprietary FRESH (Final Results Electronically from Sheridan Healthcare) teleradiology system. FRESH integrates multiple technology platforms into a complete package. The key to FRESH is an IT infrastructure that pre-fetches all relevant prior exams for the radiologist, assisting him or her in the interpretation of a study. We began using FRESH for our radiology clients in 2009, and have seen continuous improvements and hospital cost savings since.

To learn more information about FRESH, we sat down with Sheridan radiologist Dr. Robert Kamholtz for a question and answer session.

Q: What was your experience as a Radiologist prior to FRESH being deployed?
From 1991 to 2006, I was at a full service trauma center and I covered all aspects of radiology including interventional radiology. When I joined Sheridan, I covered strictly diagnostic radiology because we already had dedicated Interventional Radiologists. As we grew, we decided to begin our own in-house overnight coverage. Once we moved to in-house teleradiology coverage, I decided to cover 10 to 15 weeks of nights to mix up my schedule so that I would have more flexibility.

Q: Why did you decide to become a fulltime FRESH Radiologist?
Flexible schedules and the ability to work from my home office. I enjoy working evenings and overnights…this gives me more time off during the day, which I like. I am now able to spend more time with my family and partake in more activities that I normally would not if I was in a hospital setting.

Q: What is your experience now that FRESH is deployed and you are a fulltime FRESH Radiologist? 
I actually like FRESH better than being in a facility is because mostly emergency cases are sent to FRESH, and most emergency cases have a single issue. You can often come to a definitive diagnosis with a single exam. I also really enjoy the case load and the fast paced environment.

Q: What benefits does FRESH, from your perspective, provide the facilities with?
FRESH is such a great tool. Facilities now have access to full service interpretations of reports 24/7. They have a radiologist they can call for consultations, who can also review studies and provide a final report after hours. The facilities on FRESH greatly benefit from the rapid turnaround times on STAT studies.

Learn more about Sheridan’s outsourced radiology and teleradiology services.