Aligned Imaging Solutions (AIS) is a new kind of radiology partner built specifically to meet the needs of health care both today and tomorrow by focusing 100 percent on final interpretations of X-rays.
Many radiology providers read X-rays out of necessity rather than desire. X-ray is financially challenging and a high source of liability, frustration and burnout for local radiologists. Nevertheless, consistent and high-quality X-ray coverage is critical for radiology providers to meet the needs of health systems and their treating physicians.
Many local radiology providers are struggling to keep up with increased service demands and volume growth while adjusting to the new economic conditions of a competitive hiring market and decreasing reimbursement. In addition, as the pattern of provider consolidation continues, it is becoming harder for many health systems to deliver and maintain a single standard of care across their Imaging Service Line.
As an extension of a local radiologist, AIS streamlines diagnoses and aligns with the needs of radiologists, health systems, treating physicians and patients. For local radiologists, AIS creates opportunities to focus on advanced imaging modalities and sub specialties. For health systems, 24/7/365 X-ray coverage can materially improve treat-to-street decision-making for the emergency department and length-of-stay for inpatient care. Treating physicians and their patients benefit from timely results to inform optimal treatment decisions.
“Aligned Imaging Solutions provides an opportunity for radiology groups to prosper in an age of continued challenges and growing uncertainty,” says AIS Medical Director Serge Sicular, MD, who is also Director of Emergency Imaging for Mount Sinai Health System. “Every aspect of our service is optimized around delivering high-quality X-ray interpretations — from the way we assess and hire our affiliated U.S.-based radiologists to the supporting technology and workflow. For AIS, X-ray is a specialty.”
“There’s lots of excitement around artificial intelligence coming out of RSNA but asking health systems to invest in advanced software today for theoretical gains tomorrow is not going to provide enough lift quickly enough to solve for the tightening radiologist labor market,” says Jordan Halter, Vice President of Business Development. “The radiologist talent pool will continue to contract, and expectations around imaging for the new, larger health systems continue to mount. We offer a comprehensive service that provides immediate impact, both clinically and financially, for health systems and local radiology providers alike.”