Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ACR Teleradiology Task Force White Paper

ACR Teleradiology Task Force has published best-practice white paper for teleradiology in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).
The recommendations of the group are guided by  four central principles:
1. All teleradiology relationships should be patient centered and “secondary incentives, financial or otherwise, should never supersede patient primacy.”
2. On-site coverage is preferred, and teleradiology services should ideally be supplemental to a comprehensive on-site radiology practice.
3. Teleradiologists and on-site radiologists should both follow the same professional standard of quality.
4. Teleradiology service should not be outside of local safety and quality operations, and it should be assimilated into the usual medical staff credentialing and privileging process.

Reference and further reading
ACR White Paper on Teleradiology Practice: A Report From the Task Force on Teleradiology Practice. Journal of the American College of Radiology - 20 May 2013 (10.1016/j.jacr.2013.03.018)

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