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[February 04, 2013]

Sheridan Healthcare, Inc. Delivers Key Advances With Live 24/7/365 Teleradiology Service

SUNRISE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Sheridan Healthcare, Inc., a national hospital-based, multispecialty physician services company, today announced its proprietary U.S.-based live 24/7/365 teleradiology service that delivers guaranteed turnaround of final reads in 20 minutes and best-in-class interpretations. The service also has the unique feature of being able to gather all relevant prior exams, applying the same standard of care found throughout hospitals but heretofore unavailable on other teleradiology platforms across the country.

"Advances in medical technology along with the increasing number of diagnostic studies being performed across the nation will soon outpace the number of radiologists entering the field," said Sheridan Healthcare CEO John Carlyle. "The Sheridan Radiology Services around-the-clock teleradiology offers a quality answer to promoting better clinical results, ensuring prompt readings and optimizing workflow."

The Sheridan teleradiolgy service provides more than 85 percent of its final reads in less than 15 minutes. Prompt after-hours or remote reads can shorten the stay of the patient in the ER and the overall hospital length of stay by providing physicians with information that can result in immediate action. Sheridan provides this coverage of emergent studies with multiple radiologists at all hours of the day and night by utilizing on-site radiologists during the day and its own internal teleradiologists overnight. All of the radiologists are board certified and fellowship trained in the U.S., allowing Sheridan to integrate subspecialty expertise across the entire practice and maintain the highest levels of quality control.

Quality is maintained through a stringent internal system that combines contemporaneous double reads, peer review and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation. Sheridan's discrepancy rates of 0.10 percent for preliminary reads and 0.03 percent for final interpretations are best in class, maximizing quality patient care and minimizing malpractice risk to hospitals.

To assist in interpretation of the current study, the IT infrastructure utilizes a common patient identifier to gather all relevant prior exams across geographic and market boundaries for the Sheridan radiologist. All studies can be read on the system including cutting-edge coronary CTA, brain perfusion CT/CTA and MRA. When fully integrated with a facility's systems, which requires an implementation period of approximately 90 days, the remote reading service can review orders, retrieve prior exams and dictate a final report to be sent back to the facility's PAC/RIS system while being fully HIPPA compliant.

Sheridan Radiology Services, Inc. was established in 2006 and employs more than 100 radiologists to provide more than two million radiology interpretations annually.

About Sheridan Healthcare, Inc.

Sheridan Healthcare, Inc. is a national hospital-based, multispecialty practice management company that provides anesthesia, radiology, emergency medicine, neonatology and other pediatric subspecialties. Sheridan, its subsidiaries and affiliates currently operate in 23 states and employ more than 2,200 providers. Sheridan's anesthesia division, established in 1953, has become the leading anesthesia services provider in the country. In addition to physician and allied health services, Sheridan also provides support, training and management in non-clinical areas. Sheridan is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a certified physician organization.

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