The articles in this issue detail some of the numerous collaborations that radiologists are leveraging to deliver quality care
Community of Care: Delivering Comprehensive Patient-Centered Care
As radiologists, we are integral members of the healthcare team, directing care in diagnostics and providing treatments in interventional radiology. But we don’t do this work alone. Our effectiveness — our patients’ health and wellbeing — relies on collaboration at every step with our colleagues both inside and outside of radiology and within our individual institutions and the larger house of medicine.
The most comprehensive, innovative, accessible care comes when we work closely with technologists, schedulers, referring providers, medical physicists, patient advocates, physician assistants, caregivers, patients, and other members of the care team. It comes when our professional organizations foster partnerships with other societies, as the ACR has done with groups that include the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Association of Medical Physicists.
The articles in this issue detail some of the numerous collaborations that radiologists are leveraging to deliver quality care. And the Imaging 3.0 case study library is full of similar articles about our work across our radiology teams and throughout medicine. I hope you will take the time to explore these stories and to strengthen your partnerships at every opportunity. Together we can accomplish more than we can ever do alone.
Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR
Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors