New York, NY – To combat misperceptions of radiology as a commodity, value-driven health platform Spreemo hosted its inaugural California Radiology Forum in conjunction with the California Radiological Society’s Annual Meeting on October 3. The forum addressed the need to identify objective quality metrics that drive more accurate imaging and better patient outcomes. With a special focus on spinal imaging, the vibrant conversation included representatives of more than 100 imaging centers across the state as well as Spreemo’s Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Richard Herzog, Director of Spinal Imaging at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
“There’s an unfortunate misconception that all radiology services are created equal. In fact, there is wide variance in the quality of imaging and resulting patient diagnoses – and an inaccurate diagnosis can have profound effects on patient care and outcomes. Especially in areas such as spinal disorders, there is excellent potential for improving care through objective quality measures,” said Spreemo Founder and CEO Ron Vianu. “It’s enlightening for us to hear diverse perspectives on how providers and payers can collaborate to make quality a priority. We are particularly pleased by the positive response from the radiology community to the work undertaken by our Quality Research Institute and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with California’s radiology leadership.”
Spreemo’s Quality Research Institute launched in November 2014 to measure the impact of quality standards and best practices on patient outcomes. In conjunction with Hospital for Special Surgery and Thomas Jefferson University, it has just completed the first phase of a study to determine how the interpretative variability of an MRI can influence the course of a patient’s treatment.