The Collaborative Radiology Pool

BRIT and our parent organization, Imaging Advantage (IA) are now opening up opportunities for radiologists to participate within the IA Collaborative Radiology Pool. The collaborative pool includes a collection of studies acquired across the United States that are read by credentialed radiologists who reside in the United States. Radiologists may join the Collaborative Pool and read studies from the pool as well as contribute studies to the pool. The pool can be used for overflow work, for night reading, backup support, specialty reading or for second opinions. At times, groups may send studies to the pool, and other times they may read from the pool. It is dynamic. Radiologists reading from the pool are paid for what they read from the pool and there are no minimum or monthly commitments. There is no requirement to ever put studies in the pool, either. However, if your group currently uses an outside reading group for night reading, you may find that our services are much more economical. They are certainly more collaborative.
The Collaborative Radiology Pool also provides a selection of other solutions that make it easier or more cost effective to run your practice or provide advanced analytical tools to help support your hospital and / or ordering physicians. Follow this link for details

Steps for Joining the Pool

The steps to joining the Collaborative Radiology Pool are as follows:
1. Contact sales@brit.com to indicate your interest and list the states in which you are licensed to read, your board certifications and the type of studies you are interested in reading. Someone will get back to you shortly thereafter to discuss the credentialing process within the pool, the sites available and the payment schedule for different study types by site.
2. IA will match your state licenses, skills and reading interests with participants in the pool and start the specific sites credentialing process, where and when there are matches.
3. IA will work with you on your schedule
4. IA technical staff will set-up any required networks

The Reading and Reporting Process

Once set-up, the reading /reporting process is as follows:
1. A shared worklist is available over the Internet. When fully credentialed and scheduled to read, a radiologists is auto-assigned studies based on the size of his or her current reading queue. This encourages the use of fast networks from your reading location. IA measures the quality of the reads, so, radiologists are not encouraged to speed through studies.
2. Studies in a queue are downloaded to the local workstation. Reads can also be done directly from the web viewer at your option (not allowed for mammos).
3. Reports can be entered via a variety of methods: PowerScribe (provided by us); BRIT's incorporated tool (requires you to provide your own Dragon Medically Speaking); cutting and pasting from your favorite tool; or, you may use your transcriptionist with our voice recording tools.
As part of the collaborative pool, IA provides the technical resources for image distribution and the shared worklist reading tools. This includes a concierge desk manned 24 /7 for assistance when needed. Radiologists may use their own workstations (follow link to approved list) workstations for use with the worklist) or use software provided by IA.
IA negotiates the costs for reading studies with all facilities, so the remuneration for similar study types may vary from site to site. Of course, it also varies by study type. Radiologists will know the payment schedule in advance and can always opt in or opt out for reading from any site and study type.
Note that IA performs not only the standard peer review, but also a blind QA process on studies that have a high rate of inaccuracies in their reading.

Managed Services Options

IA also provides a host of managed services that can be selected à la carte by radiology groups. These services include the following:

  • Billing and collections. The benefits of using IA for billing and collection include both a lower fee and improve revenue cycle
  • Outside Peer review
  • QC services for over reading high risk studies
  • Analytics - dashboard information providing key metrics on department performance such as turnaround time by steps in the workflow, repeat study analysis and views of their referring physicians' referral patterns
  • Concierge services where a human monitors the steps in the workflow and takes actions where needed
  • The Radadvisor, which is IA's tool for determining appropriateness criteria during the exam ordering process (this requires extensive integration)
  • Shared Worklist tools
  • Image Sharing and 3D viewing

Technology Tools

There is a whole host of technology tools for which BRIT Systems is well known. Visit our website at www.brit.com for detailed information or email us at sales@brit.com.