Omaha, Neb. (July 30, 2018) – CQuence Health Group, a parent company to a growing portfolio of healthcare organizations, has invested in DocPanel, the largest online community of subspecialty radiologists.
“Healthcare is the lifeblood of our communities, and to strengthen community healthcare means making it better for patients and families,” said Mike Cassling, CEO of CQuence Health Group. “The idea that hospitals, imaging centers and patients can choose to use online subspecialty radiologists for primary interpretation, second opinions and educational consults—especially when it can be difficult to find local access to a specialty with very specific needs—was very attractive to CQuence.”
Cassling continued, “Being based in the Midwest, we work with many rural healthcare providers whose priority is to deliver high quality, cost-effective care. It’s important that we help them to be as strong as possible.”
According to Nirish Mathias, founder and CEO of DocPanel, meeting the rising needs of the aging population is a top concern for healthcare providers across the United States. “Exploring innovative revenue streams and reducing expenses play a key role in their ability to meet these needs, especially for rural hospitals and small- to mid-sized imaging centers,” Mathias said.
DocPanel is the result of Mathias’ personal mission to create better healthcare options for those who need them. “Our goal is to improve access to expert radiologists in subspecialty niches for patients and imaging providers alike,” said Mathias.
This is evident by the growing number of complex clinical cases facilitated by DocPanel—yet diagnosed locally—that otherwise would have been referred out, often requiring patients to travel.
For example, Washington Heights Imaging, an imaging center with two locations in New York serving a predominantly Medicaid population, has been able expand its clinical service offerings and keep patients close to home. According to Daniel Beyda, M.D., president of Washington Heights, “DocPanel provides a deep panel of specialists—from chest, abdominal, MSK and neuro—to read complex cases, ultimately providing our patients the ability to receive care in their own community.”
About CQuence Health Group
Based in Omaha, Neb., CQuence Health Group is the parent company to a growing portfolio of healthcare organizations. While the companies are diverse, they share the common goal of taking care of the patient through diagnostic medical equipment, care coordination software and other healthcare products and services. CQuence’s current partner companies are Cassling, an advanced partner of Siemens Healthineers; and Ensocare, a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution suite that automates the discharge process, effectively transitions patients between care settings and enables coordinated care across the continuum. Collectively, these different companies have been recognized for a shared culture and passion for making a meaningful difference in healthcare and in communities.
Launched by founders Nirish Mathias, Chief Executive Officer and Philip A. Templeton, M.D., FACR, Chief Medical Officer, in October 2017, DocPanel is the largest online marketplace of subspecialty radiologists offering final reads, educational consultations, and second opinions to patients across the United States and the world. The company offers a new flexible model of Radiology to help overcome challenges related to errors, high costs, staff shortages and more.