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National Survey of Radiologists Reveals Systemic Problems Hurting Industry and Patient Care
Date:12/3/2008

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Additional Survey Findings

  • Eighty-six percent of radiologists surveyed cited the financial restrictions associated with the Deficit Reduction Act as a hindrance to the industry and over half consider it a major challenge.
  • Sixty-three percent are concerned about the growing trend of radiology practice consolidation through mergers and acquisitions and almost eight in ten radiologists (78%) believe the trend will have a negative impact on patient quality of care and safety.
  • Eighty-nine percent surveyed agree that the productivity of radiologists would be improved by universal remote access to scanned images.
  • Seventy-three percent of those radiologists surveyed receive x-rays or scans from more than three different facilities - often with varying information systems - and sixteen percent receive them from more than ten separate facilities.

Survey Methodology
The research was conducted as an online survey of a national sample of 101 practicing, diagnostic radiologists. The survey was administered by e-Rewards Market Research, which through its Physician Panel, provides access to 95% of the physician market, including 250 subspecialties such as radiology. e-Rewards has purchased and/or licensed key association and governmental databases, including the Drug Enforcement Agency number (DEA#), Medicare Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN), and the American Medical Association (AMA) Medical Education Number (ME#), which verify a physician's practicing status. These verification resources, combined with standard verification processes, help to check the validity of physicians. The survey was conducted between November 7 and 13, 2008.

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