Virtual Radiologic, a large radiology practice known as vRad, is making selected data in its clinical database of 22 million imaging studies available to anyone who comes to the site to analyze and benchmark their own radiological performance.

The service, called RPC (Radiology Patient Care) Indices, is available for free to radiology groups, hospitals, delivery systems and researchers, regardless of whether they are clients of vRad, with unrestricted use of the data that will be available. In the era of accountable care, Jim Burke, CEO of vRad, says the company is taking this step “because it’s the right thing to do to elevate radiology as a valued partner.” The company has more than 450 radiologists and adds about 600,000 imaging studies to its database each month.

The service starts with the release of aggregated and anonymized data--normalized for such variables as patient age, gender, body region, geography, hospital and delivery system type, bed size, modality, reasons for study order and findings status--to analyze the use and effectiveness of computed tomography imaging in emergency departments. Other releases will cover additional data on CT use in the ED, as well as other imaging modalities.

The company has worked on developing the new service during the past two years. More information is available here.

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