As the nation’s first designated accredited Accountable Care Organization with 20 clinics, more than 400 physicians in 55 medical specialties, and serving more than 500,000 patients in Greater Houston, Kelsey-Seybold’s goal is to provide patients with high-quality care that is both cost-effective and convenient.
“The partnership we have with Shared Imaging allows us to bring high-end imaging closer to our patients, without having to bear the cost of a fixed unit in each of our multiple locations,” said John Lyle, vice president of operations at Kelsey-Seybold. “Our patients appreciate having imaging services within their community. They realize that without mobile imaging service, they would have to travel to another location.”
From determining the right technology to customizing financial terms and managing day-to-day operations, Shared Imaging works with healthcare providers to deliver market-focused diagnostic imaging solutions. “We are committed to helping our healthcare partners fulfill their mission in serving their communities,” said Larry Siebs, president and CEO of Shared Imaging. “We assume full responsibility for managing the technology throughout its lifecycle and the duration of our relationship so that our customers can remain focused on their core competency, which is providing excellent patient care.”
The long-standing relationship between Kelsey-Seybold and Shared Imaging began in 2004. The organizations recently extended their contractual agreement in which Shared Imaging assumes ownership of the technology and provides it to Kelsey-Seybold for a monthly fee. This model, which allows providers to retain the technology for much shorter term lengths than with a capital purchase, has allowed Kelsey-Seybold to upgrade all of its CT, MRI and PET/CT systems provided by Shared Imaging after using the previous technology for less than three years.
According to Cathy Cunningham, manager of radiology services at Kelsey-Seybold, “Our recent contract negotiations allowed us to upgrade our MRI systems in the mobile units to match our fixed units, which creates a consistent imaging product for our radiologists and continuity of care across our clinics. Another advantage is that we now have updated CTs in the mobile units, which allows our radiologists to test out new imaging technologies.” Such timely upgrades demonstrate the flexibility of Shared Imaging’s Functional Service business model in helping providers address changing market dynamics.
“It’s about the patient experience,” Cunningham continued. “Shared Imaging understands that medicine is dynamic. As our patient population changes, our demands and needs change, and Shared Imaging has been very receptive to adapting. Together, we have done many things to make the patient experience seamless.”
About Shared Imaging
Shared Imaging is a partner in developing and delivering market-driven diagnostic imaging solutions that meet healthcare providers’ clinical, operational and financial goals. Shared Imaging invests significant CapEx to acquire the latest diagnostic imaging technology; upgrade existing technology; and improve the quality and performance of our mobile medical coaches. Customized solutions can include: the latest MRI, CT, PET/CT, IR, digital radiography and breast imaging technology from any major manufacturer; mobile, modular and in-house configurations; clinical staffing; maintenance, service and parts; and ongoing operational support. Utilizing a unique Functional Service business model, Shared Imaging assumes full ownership and operational responsibility of the imaging assets throughout their lifecycle, allowing providers to remain focused on patient care.
About Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston’s premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston’s famous Texas Medical Center. More than 460 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 20 locations and an accredited Sleep Center in the Greater Houston area. Medical services offered by Kelsey-Seybold include medical care in 55 medical specialties including primary care and specialty care, outpatient surgery centers, an accredited Sleep Center, a Radiation Therapy Center, laboratory services, advanced radiology services and other diagnostic services, 16 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and a secure web portal for patients to communicate with their Kelsey-Seybold doctors, get test results and schedule appointments.
Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold holds the honor for the most physicians in Houston certified for excellence in diabetes, heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, Endoscopy Center, Infusion Center and Cancer Center.
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