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University of Chicago Medical Center signs with Digirad to develop imaging services

Digirad : 30 April, 2008  (Company News)
Digirad has signed a letter of agreement with the University of Chicago Medical Center to deliver cardiac diagnostic services to Chicago-area physicians and patients through Digirad's centres of influence programme, which now includes seven of the leading academic medical institutions in the USA.
Under the agreement, Digirad and the Medical Center will offer their respective services and expertise to primary-care physicians in the Chicago area who are seeking to expand their practices with in-office diagnostic imaging.

Through its mobile imaging services division, Digirad Imaging Solutions (DIS), Digirad will bring state-of-the-art equipment and qualified, trained personnel into physicians' offices to perform imaging procedures. Patients' images will then be interpreted by Medical Center physicians and the results sent electronically to the referring physician.

Digirad chief executive Mark Casner said that the centres of influence model provides better care for patients, because it combines the family physician's patient-specific knowledge with the diagnostic expertise of specialists at leading medical institutions. As a result, the company has added six new centres since launching the programme less than a year ago with only one centre that served as the ‘proof of concept’. Casner also said that centres of influence are a key element in the company's strategy for future growth.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, established in 1927, is one of the nation's leading academic medical institutions and is consistently recognised as a leading provider of complex medical care.

Stephen Archer MD, section chief of cardiology at the Medical Center, stated: 'We are committed to being one of the nation's top 10 cardiovascular training programs and training the next generation of leaders in academic cardiology. It is our responsibility and privilege to provide timely, compassionate care to patients suffering from, or with risk factors for, heart and vascular disease, not only in our own neighborhood but also internationally. Our partnership with Digirad will enable us to increase our presence in the community and offer a higher level of care.'

Casner added: 'We welcome the University of Chicago Medical Center as a partner in assisting local-area physicians with meeting key needs of their patients. The Medical Center is well respected and widely renowned, and has a staff of physician-faculty that is highly regarded in multiple specialties, including cardiology. This relationship promises to generate substantial benefits for patients, including the clearest and most accurate images available, readings by highly skilled specialists, and the comfort of knowing that their own doctors will remain closely involved in their care.”

'With this service, physicians are also more effective at meeting patient scheduling needs while maintaining the primary patient relationship,' Casner stated. 'Patients are benefiting from the convenience of imaging in their own doctors' offices and the specialised expertise of the University of Chicago Medical Center for diagnostic interpretation.'
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