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USARAD has announced a partnership with a Spanish company in an effort to extend its teleradiology platform to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company, which provides teleradiology consults for imaging centers, hospitals and mobile imaging providers throughout the United States and several other countries, is joining forces with the Direct Diagnostic Alliance, which is based in Barcelona. Through its WorldRad.com division, USARAD will help provide Joint Commission-accredited radiologists and radiological services to DDA, which offers sub-specialty radiology interpretations throughout Europe (including Scandinavia and Russia, the Middle East and Africa).
"Although often equipped with advanced imaging technology, many areas of Africa, the Middle East and even parts of Europe are suffering from a shortage of radiologists qualified to read today’s advanced imaging exams," said Michael Yuz, USARAD's CEO, in a Nov. 23 press release. "In partnership with WorldRad.com, DDA can offer reading by highly trained radiologists in locations around the world for 24/7 service.”
“Our mission is to work with imaging centers and hospitals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to ensure that patients in underserved regions receive the advanced medical care they deserve," added Martin Leger, DDA’s managing director. "We have created a strong infrastructure of both human talent and technology to support these goals. Today, we are pleased and proud to have WorldRad.com join with us to further these goals and look forward to a long relationship with the company.”
Company officials say USARAD's WorldRad.com division will help DDA maintain its commitment to exam turnaround of 30 minutes for emergency cases and four hours for standard reads in its wide variety of services, which include PET/CT, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, cardiac, breast, oncological, abdominal, thoracic and coronary CTA imaging.
The venture is the second significant announcement in the past week for USARAD. On Nov. 20, the company launched a national program to offer its services to urgent care clinics, which number roughly 8,700 in the United States. The company had been offering teleradiology services for a small pilot program in Texas for the past six months.
"USARAD.com is redefining the role of urgent care clinics by helping them to convert into mini outpatient emergency rooms and giving them immediate access to complex imaging modalities on a 24-7 basis," Yuz said in a release marking that project. "By connecting outpatient imaging centers with adjacent or local urgent care clinics, USARAD.com serves as a matchmaker in this process. USARAD.com offers service in all 50 states and is indeed best positioned to take such a program national."
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