In a first for radiology, Strategic Radiology, a national consortium of 27 private radiology practices, has negotiated a deal with a major employer, Delta Air Lines, to provide mobile screening mammography to its employees across the U.S.
The program will initially provide on-site mammograms via mobile coaches for Delta employees at reservation and customer care centers in hub cities, then expand to include airport customer service agents and flight attendants throughout the country.
Interpretations initially will be provided by five SR practices residing in Delta hubs. Where there is not a local SR group, mammograms will be read via telemammography by appropriately licensed and subspecialized radiologists using SR processes and technology infrastructure.
“We are very excited to forge this relationship with a large, international company like Delta,” Arl Van Moore, MD, FACR, SR chair, said in a prepared statement. “The size and scale of this arrangement speaks to Strategic Radiology as a national force with national capabilities.”
“Of course,” he continued, “the real value is that lives will be saved, because the convenience of mobile mammography means more women will be screened.” For patients requiring a call-back for further diagnostics, Strategic Radiology will provide a local option for follow-up.
“Delta people are the backbone of the airline, so their health and wellness is a top priority for us,” Vickie Strickland, Delta director for health strategy and resources, commented in a prepared statement. “The mobile mammography program plays an important role in helping us follow through with that commitment by providing quality care that is convenient for our employees.”
Moore alluded to Strategic Radiology’s capability of providing national screening programs for other diseases that threaten both women and men. “Not only do we want to expand with Delta, we want to be able to offer radiology services to other companies that also have locations across the country,” he said. “We think other national companies interested in the health and wellness of their employees will be interested in Strategic Radiology’s capabilities.”
Moore attributed the ground-breaking arrangement to “exceptional collaboration” between SR member groups. The program grew out of a local mobile mammography program that member practice Mountain Medical, Salt Lake City, Utah, provided for Delta in 2014.
“In many ways, this national arrangement exemplifies one of the core reasons that Strategic Radiology exists,” Moore said in the statement.