Florida Hospital has been contacted by the Daytona Beach News Journal regarding the use of teleradiology services for Florida Hospital in Volusia and Flagler counties. In an effort to provide you the most accurate information about this service, please reference this FAQ to be fully informed.
What is teleradiology?
Teleradiology is a state-of-the-art technology tool and a common practice at many hospitals for after-hours coverage, as evidenced by a report from the American College of Radiology. It showcases the growing popularity of teleradiology, as approximately 44 percent of all radiology practices in the U.S. used external off-hours teleradiology services in 2007, as compared with 15 percent of practices in 2003. Teleradiology is completely HIPAA compliant, as all images sent over a secure network to offsite reading locations.
Does Florida Hospital Fish Memorial or Florida Hospital DeLand use a teleradiology service?
Yes, all of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler use a teleradiology service for after-hours readings, with the exception of Florida Hospital Fish Imaging in Orange City and Victoria Medical Park in DeLand. Fish Imaging and Victoria Medical Park’s hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, and all of their readings are done onsite during these hours, without a teleradiology service.
What is Florida Hospital Fish Memorial or Florida Hospital DeLand’s process for teleradiology?
At Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Florida Hospital DeLand, a teleradiology service reviews images after-hours and provides a preliminary report. The following morning, one of Florida Hospital’s on-site radiologists reviews the preliminary report and provides the final read, which is delivered to the referring physician (if there is one). Teleradiology is only used after hours – which represents a small percentage of the total radiology readings.
Are the teleradiologists just as qualified as Florida Hospital Fish Memorial or Florida Hospital DeLand’s onsite radiologists?
All radiologists performing readings, whether during regular hours or after hours, are fellowship-trained, board-certified, and credentialed at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Florida Hospital DeLand. The American College of Radiology requires radiologists to have a license in the state they are practicing in and be credentialed by the facility they work at, and all of the radiologists at the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler follow this mandate.
What is the benefit of a teleradiology service?
This technologically-advanced service allows Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Florida Hospital DeLand to improve patient care by interpreting radiology cases quickly and efficiently 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Radiologists can provide services without actually having to be at the same location as the patient. Patients can benefit from this model in cases where a sub-specialist such as a MRI radiologist, neuroradiologist, or pediatric radiologist is needed.