By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Candescent Health has launched a software-enabled service allowing radiologists to optimize clinical performance, increase efficiencies, and deliver the most efficient and effective quality of care. The Boston-based health IT company, backed by Oak Investment Partners and Maverick Capital, and its new platform is designed to improve radiology workflow to help minimize errors and work more efficiently.
“Radiologists are a critical component of healthcare delivery,” said Scott Seidelmann, founder and CEO of Candescent Health. “Candescent Health helps radiologists practice at the top of their license by getting them the right information, connecting them more efficiently with clinicians, and understanding their performance in order to effectively improve the way that they deliver care. Through technology, Candescent Health will enable radiologists to transform the way that radiology is delivered and fundamentally drive greater healthcare value.”
As pressure mounts to improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs and finding ways to be more efficient, radiology is a good place to focus. Radiology services touch almost every patient in every disease category in a hospital, so creating a more efficient radiology process will have an important impact. It can help improve accuracy of diagnoses, improve patient care, and reduce costs. And because radiology is completely digital, it can be easily measured, optimized, and delivered to new markets in new and innovative ways.
“Radiology is one segment of many in health care that must be transformed. I look forward to witnessing the results of Candescent’s reimagined radiology care delivery model,” said athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, a Candescent Health board member.
As Health IT Outcomes reported earlier this year, innovations in radiology can help eliminate unnecessary medical imaging, increase accuracy, and improve patient outcomes. In particular, author Karen Holzberger was discussing a new system that could “ping” clinicians in real-time with the latest in quality guidance when incidental findings are recorded during a test. She wrote, “Health IT innovations like these will be the tipping point in the shift to value-based care. They will forever change the standard of patient care and the landscape of the healthcare industry.”