Most people will rely on the services of a hospital radiology department at some point in their lives, whether it’s in the form of an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, or radiation therapy. But when large academic institutions employ as many as a dozen radiologists in a single specialty–Mass. General for example counts over 100 in its department total–ensuring that the most qualified radiologist receives the right scans when it’s most important can be tricky. In fact, only 50 percent of pediatric scans are read by the correct sub-specialist.
Candescent Health, a new Boston startup, hopes to tackle this complex workflow challenge.
“Most innovation and investment [in radiology] has gone into the equipment and tools…[and] digitizing,” says Candescent Health Founder and CEO Scott Seidelmann. “Nobody’s really invested heavily yet in the workflow which is how do I make sure information is going to get to the right radiologist in a highly efficient way.”
Seidelmann first encountered the problem at his own radiology practice, Radisphere, nearly ten years ago. To solve it he and his team created the cloud-based software that is now Candescent’s main offering from scratch. The software, RadPerform, integrates with EHR and PAC systems to streamline the radiology process by sending the appropriate scans and patient files to the most available and qualified radiologist in the system. With additional modules tracking quality-management, schedule management and personal benchmarks as well as the ability to forecast supply and demand and a 24/7 call center, Candescent promises to increase efficiency.
Seidelmann has since sold off Radisphere but retained the software, launching it last week as its own company. “When we sold the practice and were starting a healthcare IT company, Boston for us was a perfect fit,” says Seidelmann. “It’s a fabulous intersection of both healthcare as well as technology so we thought it was a great fit.”
Although to date RadPerform has only been employed and tested at Radisphere, Candescent Health today announced a multi-year partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, one of the country’s top five radiology providers. Their goals include “defined quality standards, enhanced workflow processes and the creation of an efficient, nationwide cloud-based radiology network,” according to a press release, as well as expansion to other systems nationwide.
Paula is a freelance science writer and strategic communications associate at Health Leads. Formerly a managing editor at MedTech Boston, she has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and has worked with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Boston Globe, Social Documentary Network, BU Today and several nonprofit organizations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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