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Remote Second Opinions – Delivering specialist expertise from afar

Second opinions can be valuable to clinicians and patients looking for diagnosis confirmation or weighing treatment options. But in-person access to specialists and expert consultations is limited and often inconvenient, especially outside of major metropolitan areas. In these unprecedented times, when patients are reluctant to seek in-person care, remote access to specialist expertise is more important than ever.

In this cheat sheet, we review RSOs, why they matter, how they work, present barriers to success, and conversations that you should be having before implementing an RSO solution.

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Purview is the leader in medical remote and second opinion software serving hospitals and subspecialists around the globe. Their SaaS software is used by innovative healthcare organizations to efficiently gather and coordinate a complete set of a patient’s relevant clinical information, scans and pathology images either in advance of an in-person visit or if more appropriate due to the patient’s circumstances or preference, in lieu of a personal visit. Their mission is to improve medical outcomes by making this information available wherever and whenever it is required for patient treatment or to inform diagnosis.

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How are remote second opinions reimbursed?

Remote second opinions (RSOs) connect patients with specialists via virtual modalities and gather relevant clinical information without the need for in-person visits—and amid Covid-19, when arranging in-person visits is more difficult, RSOs are more important than ever. However, reimbursement for these services has historically been a challenge.

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