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USARAD including its SecondOpinions.com division as telehealth COVID-19 screening program

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 12, 2020 Health IT Telemedicine
USARAD Holdings Inc., the leading US Joint Commission Accredited teleradiology and telemedicine company backed by Siemens Healthineers and several healthcare VC firms introduces a first of its kind COVID-19 screening program. The virus has already infected over 100,000 people in over 100 countries and has caused over 4,000 fatalities to date. Over the years, USARAD through its SecondOpinions.com division has provided multi-specialty consultations to patients in over 100 countries for innumerable medical conditions and is ready to assist during the current global health crisis.

Early detection of Coronavirus is essential due to the lack of a known treatment or vaccine. Research by several leading academic radiology departments in USA and China has recently been conducted demonstrating the important role of CT diagnostics. For example, in a study conducted by Mount Sinai Health System and published in the industry-leading journal Radiology, a chest CT scan has significantly outperformed laboratory testing in diagnosing COVID-19 at 98% accuracy vs. 71% results using gene sequencing concluding that CT may be used as the primary screening tool for COVID-19.

USARAD introduces a program where a network of Chest CT-trained Radiologists provides screening diagnostics and consultations alongside other medical specialists including pulmonologists and infectious disease experts. The program is launched in partnership with Medical Diagnostic Web (MDW.io) team operating a blockchain-powered radiologist marketplace which connects hundreds of radiologists readily available to provide radiological diagnosis. The initiative will be utilizing AI algorithms as decision assistive mechanism for the team of radiologists as imaging quantities mount.

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Research confirms that certain patterns of atypical pneumonia is seen on CT in patients affected with COVID-19, including ground-glass opacities, peripheral areas of consolidations, “crazy paving” as well as absence of certain findings. The evolution of such findings is critical in understanding the timeline of the disease as well as predicting progression and course of the infection. Radiology specialists are available around the clock to help diagnose or exclude COVID-19. The images can be uploaded via intuitive online service available around the clock. The team of multiple other specialists and subspecialists is also available on stand-by.

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