This year, millions of Americans will undergo radiology scans to help pinpoint a health problem they’re experiencing. Patients increasingly want more information about what’s happening in their bodies, so it’s not surprising that the number of scans performed in the U.S. has quadrupled over the past decade. What is surprising is that most patients have never met the doctors who actually read those scans nor understand what radiologists do. As a result, many patients aren’t getting all the information they need to make the most informed decisions about their care.
MetisMD, the leading provider of online second opinions in radiology, announced today it has teamed up with Arizona-based, Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, to provide cancer patients around the world with more information about their condition so they can pursue the right course of treatment. The pairing will give Naturopathic Specialists’ patients access to MetisMD’s network of top U.S. radiologists. They can upload their scans and within 24-48 hours will talk through a comprehensive analysis of the findings with a MetisMD physician.
“MetisMD is committed to arming patients with the information they need to make better decisions about their treatment, which in turn helps physicians like Dr. Rubin be more effective in putting them on the path to wellness,” said MetisMD founder and CEO Dr. Gregory Goldstein. “Accessing great health care today is hard and we want to make it as easy as possible for patients to have all the answers they need.”
January 3rd, 2013 (Chicago, IL)—Icy gusts may be blowing off Lake Michigan, but serious and amateur Chicago runners alike are always in training mode. This year, according to experts, up to 45% of runners will suffer an injury. In an effort to get runners a quick and accurate diagnosis and back into training, the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) announced today it is teaming up with MetisMD, a leading provider of online radiology second opinions. Through the partnership, CARA runners will have access to MetisMD’s network of top U.S. radiologists who will read their MRIs, XRays and others scans and turn around a comprehensive diagnosis within 24-48 hours. Runners can take that information back to their physicians so they can pursue the best course of treatment for their injury.
Partnership Aims to Get Injured Runners Back on Track ASAP
The link below discusses important questions you should ask your doctor when he/she wants to order a radiology exam for you. It’s important that patients understand the role of the radiologist, and our significance as it relates to their overall health care. Studies have shown that many people don’t know who reads/interprets their radiology exam – some people thing it’s a nurse, technician, or the doctor that orders the exam.
This Chicago medical startup is all about second opinions. The company connects patients from anywhere in the world with a network of U.S. radiologists, who provide a second opinion on patient scans, including MRIs, CT scans, X-rays and mammograms. Patients upload their scans and receive live feedback from a radiologist within 48 hours. “This empowers patients,” said MetisMD’s founder and CEO, Dr. Greg Goldstein. “Almost every patient says our information is much better than what they got before. It helps them understand it better.” Patients pay MetisMD directly for its services, but Dr. Goldstein says they can seek reimbursement from an insurance company. MetisMD, which started a year ago and relaunched its website this summer, has served patients from all over the U.S. as well as far-flung locations from Eastern Europe to South America, Dr. Goldstein said.
Read more: MetisMD Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business
A new company based in Chicago, MetisMD, is bridging the radiologist-patient divide by offering second-opinion services to the public. But does providing such service actually expand opportunities for radiologists, or does it contribute to the erosion of radiology’s autonomy?
See this link for more information: MetisMD offers radiology 2nd opinions directly to patients
For years, radiology leaders have exhorted radiologists to get out of the reading room and communicate with clinicians. More recently, the message has extended to include patients, evidenced by the American College of Radiology’s Face of Radiology campaign to educate patients about the role of radiologists in the healthcare process. Some have lobbied for direct communication of radiology results to patients. Yet, for many patients, radiologists remain invisible, anonymous and silent.