FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. and SHEFAYIM, Israel, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- USARAD Holdings Inc., a leading US Joint Commission Accredited telemedicine and radiology services solutions provider, and Zebra Medical Vision, a software company specializing in Automated Imaging Analytics and Large Scale Clinical Research, announce strategic collaboration. Zebra's analytics platform will provide automated imaging analytics tools and decision support algorithms. The first service to be launched is aimed at identifying people with increased risk of Osteoporotic bone fracture.
Bone fractures due to Osteoporosis are a major public health threat for Americans aged 50 years of age and older. In the United States, over 50 million individuals are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Nearly 2 million Osteoporotic fractures occur annually, and 25% of Americans are placed in nursing homes within 12 months of a hip fracture. Though many elderly people have osteoporosis, it is not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The only quantitative measure of bone health today is a Bone Mineral Density test, which is given when performing a specific imaging study called DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry). Unfortunately, there is low compliance within the population, and millions of people who are at high risk of a fracture are not aware of their condition, and never undergo a DEXA scan.
"Our new algorithm will allow USARAD and Secondopinions.com to analyze pre-existing or new CT studies and provide a risk score for Osteoporosis related fractures. USARAD will then be able to alert their physicians, who can decide on the right course of treatment to help reduce or potentially avoid fractures," said Elad Benjamin, Zebra Medical Vision's CEO.
Dr. Michael Yuz, USARAD Holdings CEO, remarked "By using this new service, participating hospitals and imaging centers can improve patient care, reduce fracture rates, increase referrals, all without exposing their patients to additional radiation or tests. We're excited about the potential of automatic decision support tools and their positive impact on our practice and patients."
For more information on how your organization can benefit from the new analytics platform, please contact Lorna Backhaus at USARAD.
About Zebra Medical Vision Ltd.
From research to reality and commercialization, Zebra Medical Vision uses big data to deliver large scale clinical research platforms and next generation imaging analytics services to the healthcare industry. Its Imaging Analytics allow healthcare institutions to identify patients at risk of disease, and offer improved, preventative treatment pathways to improve patient care. The Zebra Research Platform provides researchers the largest structured clinical data set globally, and makes it available for research, including a complete development, hosting, storage and computing environment and follow-on regulatory and commercialization services. For more information visit www.zebra-med.com
About USARAD Holding Inc. including SecondOpinions.com®
USARAD Holdings, Inc. is a global telemedicine company consisting of two operating divisions – USARAD and SecondOpinions.com®. USARAD is a radiology services provider offering interpretations of a full range of sub-specialty and general radiology patient studies. With an existing advanced technology network connecting medical facilities to board-certified radiologists and support staff, USARAD offers radiology services in all 50 states as well as more than 10 countries. Via its unique Radiology-On-Demand® platform, USARAD is committed to providing timely and responsive image review 24/7. SecondOpinions.com® is a medical consultation and second opinions leader providing health care customers, physicians and consumers with expert opinions from all medical specialties and sub-specialties. SecondOpinions.com®, which currently conducts business in more than 60 countries, also contracts with insurance companies, corporations, and medical centers of excellence. USARAD has recently received funding from the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens, Omphalos Venture Partners and Excelerate Health Ventures. For more information visit www.usarad.com and www.secondopinions.com.
SOURCE Zebra Medical Vision Ltd.