For radiologists it gets more and more difficult to cover all areas of radiology. With CDxN radiologists can subspecialise in the network as they only get assigned cases from their specific focus area (e.g. Neuro, Body or MSK). Subspecialisation leads to high quality reporting, which is then available in the whole network, even for smaller hospitals or practices. As radiologists get more knowledgeable in their focus area they report much more efficiently. TMC believes in the value of subspecialisation for all cases. However the advantages of subspecialist reporting can be realised even if only part of the workload consists of subspecialist cases allowing radiologists to keep their generalist expertise.
CURRENT CHALLENGES IN THE UK
Radiology departments throughout the UK are facing severe challenges. The radiologist capacity per capita lies well below levels in other countries in Western Europe. Compounding the problem are overall increasing case volumes, scans per patient, complexity and comparisons with previous exams. This leads to many departments being fined due to RTT (referral to treatment) waiting time breaches. How could these costs be avoided in the current situation?
THE RCR RECOMMENDATION: NETWORKS
TMC CDxN – Collaborative Diagnostic Networks
Collaborative Diagnostic Networks (CDxN) is a tailor-made concept to develop efficient and seamlessly working radiology networks. It incorporates professional consulting, managed services and TMC’s proprietary technology platform OPTEMIS RIS. Through the formation of regional networks departments can collaborate within a region without losing the local pool of radiologists.
Efficiency and Quality Increase
OPTEMIS RIS is the technological core of the radiology network solution CDxN. For more than 10 years TMC has been operating the now largest radiology network in Europe, connecting 160 radiologists with 100 clinics. The management of the complexity was possible through development of this proprietary software.