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MedSolutions: Accurate Diagnosis Is Critical to Reducing Healthcare Costs
Date:6/2/2009

y and significant costs for the healthcare system, as well as profound anxiety and distress for patients and their families. Our savings methodology, which is validated by Thomson Reuters, demonstrates that using subspecialist radiologists can yield millions of dollars in annual savings for payors. More importantly, it leads to patients more quickly getting the care they need."

An independent analysis has conservatively estimated that payors can realize savings of $4.45 PMPM through Premerus by employing expert subspecialist radiologists in the accurate diagnosis of disease. Premerus ensures that each patient who undergoes a high tech imaging study is matched to a Certified Premerus Expert, who is a credentialed subspecialist for the relevant anatomic area or organ.

As an example, through Premerus, a brain scan would be read by a neuroradiologist as opposed to a general radiologist - just as a patient would go to a neurosurgeon versus a general surgeon for brain surgery. The subspecialist is selected based upon his or her expertise - independent of the patient's time zone or location - giving any patient, anywhere access to leading diagnostic excellence.

The Premerus workflow is accomplished through MedSolutions' unique technology platform, which seamlessly transfers studies to the most appropriate expert radiologists based on specialization and experience. The subspecialist makes a timely interpretive report which includes quantitative and qualitative observations (such as the size, density, margin characteristics and location of a tumor) that are essential to making the best treatment decisions. The referring physician receives the report and can contact the Premerus Expert to clarify the findings or ask further questions.

Subspecialty, like that provided through Premerus, has proven to significantly improve the error rate of misdiagnosis. A 2002 study showed that mammographic breast cance
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