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July 30, 2014

US Military in Afghanistan and Kuwait to Receive Teleradiology Service from vRAD

Combat medics and field or fleet hospital units work in the most stressful environments, delivering medical care to the men and women in the armed forces. Working under these conditions requires nerves of steel, and a level of efficiency surgeons in regular hospitals don't have to worry about. To make this possible, the military scours the globe for the most efficient medical technology, one that can be applied to combat situations without too much difficulty. Telemedicine falls under that category because all that is needed to implement the technology is a reliable communications platform, which the military has in abundance.

Remote Medical International (RMI), provider of global medical support services for remote locations, and vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a global telemedicine company and the nation's largest radiology practice, are collaborating to support the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Kuwait with critical radiology services.

Under this agreement, vRad is going to be providing 24/7 emergent teleradiology services for RMI's medical staff supporting the U.S. Military. The services RMI delivers to the military of the United States is quiet extensive. It includes radiological and laboratory testing and screening for a major Department of Defense contractor as part of The U.S. Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV contract. It covers multiple military bases and more than 5,000 civilian contractor personnel.

In choosing vRad, RMI selected a company known for its reliability in delivering radiology services with expedited turnaround times for emergent final studies, which is extremely critical in military settings. The company is able to deliver these results because it has the largest network of U.S.-based radiologist, 450 to be exact. They consult with RMI's Advanced Life Support staff remotely providing support 24/7/365.

"Being in a less-than-conducive environment, radiology can be an extreme challenge and vRad offers the consistency and quality that our patients require and deserve," said Jamie Hubbard, Radiological Imaging Manager at Kandahar Air Force Base.

The resources and services vRad provides include:

  • 450+ radiologists, 75 percent subspecialty trained
  • 2,000+ hospitals, health systems and radiology groups served
  • Over 19,000 daily reads – totaling 7 million+ annual studies
  • The largest – and only – radiology patient care benchmarking platform (vRad RPCSM Index): 22 million+ studies, growing at 600k per month
  • U.S.-based 24x7 operations and technical support center
  • 14 issued patents for radiology innovation; additional patents pending on data normalization

"We are proud to partner with a market leader such as RMI to support and ensure the health of base personnel deployed outside the U.S. As a former Marine, I know the importance of clinical accuracy and exceptional patient care when on deployment. vRad's scale, patented operational workflows and radiologists with subspecialty expertise means we can handle the most difficult cases in some of the most difficult areas around the globe." said Jim Burke, CEO of vRad. 

Edited by Adam Brandt
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