Strategic Radiology receives $282K grant to study patient communication in the ED

Strategic Radiology has received a $282,000 grant from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation (CCHF) to study patient communication of incidental findings in the emergency department (ED).

Strategic Radiology was one of 10 organizations CCHF selected to conduct new research that can help healthcare providers consistently make “accurate, prompt and complete diagnoses.” Results of the project are expected in November 2020.

“The traditional method of transmitting results to the referring physician is not optimal for incidental radiological findings in the emergency department (ED) setting because the care takes place outside of established patient–physician relationships,” Arl Van Moore Jr, MD, CEO and chair of Strategic Radiology, said in a prepared statement. “We intend to help prevent these findings from falling through the cracks by investigating solutions to deliver results directly to patients who undergo medical imaging in the ED.”

“Strategic Radiology is privileged to accept this grant on behalf of our independent radiology practices in the interest of their patients,” Lisa Mead, RN, CPHQ, CHPC, executive director of patient safety for Strategic Radiology, said in the same statement. “We applaud the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation for its willingness to support new ideas to improve diagnostic accuracy.”