The innovative bundling of teleradiology, telepathology, and teleoncology services

Ronald S Weinstein, Ana Maria Lopez, Gail P Barker, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Michael R. Descour, Katherine M. Scott, Lynne C. Richter, Sandra J. Beinar, Michael J. Holcomb, Peter H. Bartels, Richard A. McNeely, Achyut K Bhattacharyya

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Abstract

Teleradiology, telepathology, and teleoncology are important applications of telemedicine. Recent advances in these fields include a preponderance of radiology PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) users, the implementation of around-the-clock teleradiology services at many hospitals, and the invention of the first ultrarapid whole-slide digital scanner based on the array microscope. These advances have led to the development of a new health-care-delivery clinical pathway called the ultrarapid breast care process (URBC), which has been commercialized as the UltraClinics® process. This process bundles telemammography, telepathology, and teleoncology services and has reduced the time it takes for a woman to obtain diagnostic and therapeutic breast-care planning services from several weeks to a single day. This paper describes the UltraClinics process in detail and presents the vision of a network of same-day telemedicine-enabled UltraClinics facilities, staffed by a virtual group practice of teleradiologists, telepathologists, and teleoncologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalIBM Systems Journal
Volume46
Issue number1
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StatePublished - 2007

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The innovative bundling of teleradiology, telepathology, and teleoncology services. / Weinstein, Ronald S; Lopez, Ana Maria; Barker, Gail P; Krupinski, Elizabeth A; Descour, Michael R.; Scott, Katherine M.; Richter, Lynne C.; Beinar, Sandra J.; Holcomb, Michael J.; Bartels, Peter H.; McNeely, Richard A.; Bhattacharyya, Achyut K.

In: IBM Systems Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2007, p. 69-84.

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Weinstein, Ronald S ; Lopez, Ana Maria ; Barker, Gail P ; Krupinski, Elizabeth A ; Descour, Michael R. ; Scott, Katherine M. ; Richter, Lynne C. ; Beinar, Sandra J. ; Holcomb, Michael J. ; Bartels, Peter H. ; McNeely, Richard A. ; Bhattacharyya, Achyut K. / The innovative bundling of teleradiology, telepathology, and teleoncology services. In: IBM Systems Journal. 2007 ; Vol. 46, No. 1. pp. 69-84.
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