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Abrazo unveils state-of-the-art telemedicine and innovation center

9/7/2011 1:00:00 AM



Center for Telemedicine and Innovation will centralize all diagnostic imaging, features latest technology and offers quicker, more accurate results  


PHOENIX (Sept. 7, 2011) – Abrazo Health Care, Imaging Advantage and Arizona Medical Imaging are set to open a unique radiology reading center on the campus of Paradise Valley Hospital, located at 3805 E. Bell Road, on Sept. 12. The concept of the Abrazo Center for Telemedicine and Innovation leverages the latest technology to optimize diagnostic imaging studies such as CT scans, MRI and ultrasounds performed at Abrazo’s six Valley hospitals. The centralized Center will allow radiologists the opportunity to read results in a much quicker and more efficient capacity while utilizing the most advanced equipment.


The Center will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by local board certified radiologists and staff who will be able to seamlessly communicate with physicians at Abrazo’s hospitals. Radiologists will be able to review, interpret and sign each study using state-of-the-art voice recognition software, eliminating the need for human transcription services. The results will be sent electronically back to the hospital and the ordering physician for patient consultation and follow-up.


“The highly innovative Center will give our radiologists the opportunity to interpret diagnostic imaging tests utilizing world-class technology to provide quicker results to patients,” said Dr. Mark Kestner, chief medical officer, Abrazo Health Care. “The Center is truly unique not only to the Valley but across the country and will ultimately improve our ability to perform more advanced and complex imaging reads in a shorter amount of time. We anticipate a measurable impact on turnaround time, length of stay and most importantly, quality.”


The Center is one of a kind and is a first in the country. Complete with video conferencing technology which allows real-time physician communication, ergonomic work stations, superior lighting, and modern surroundings, the Center creates an environment that is compelling for physicians.


“The Center allows us to focus on functionality, productivity and accuracy of our imaging studies,” said Dr. Arthur Radow, M.D., president, Arizona Medical Imaging. “This transformation is the future of radiology and health care. We are standardizing our protocols throughout each Abrazo facility that will increase our productivity and positively affect patient care. We take great pride in this endeavor. ”


About Abrazo Health Care

As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health Care is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system

includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with a combined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of two health plans: Phoenix Health Plan, and Abrazo Advantage, serving nine counties in the state; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 70 employed physicians in 19 Valley locations. Visit for more information.


About Imaging Advantage LLC

Imaging Advantage, backed by Goldman Sachs & Co., is the nation’s leading provider of transformative imaging solutions to hospitals, imaging centers and radiology groups, with an unparalleled record in building, optimizing and growing radiology practices.  By deploying innovative technology and world-class management, Imaging Advantage’s mission is to empower radiologists to deliver the highest levels of patient care, while simultaneously producing measurable operational and financial improvements for its clients.  Imaging Advantage’s client facilities range from community hospitals to metropolitan Level 1 trauma centers and 1000 + bed multi-site hospital systems.  The company has one of the largest national teams of board-certified and fellowship-trained radiologists covering a full spectrum of radiology subspecialties.   Imaging Advantage is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with offices throughout the country.  For more information, visit



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