Over 4 billion people – two-thirds of the global population – do not have access to imaging technology or radiology services. The lack of effective diagnostic tools has dire consequences.
First Read Initiative’s support of RAD-AID enabled this first-ever simulator-based interventional radiology training in Vietnam. Simulator training was also performed at sites in Kenya and Tanzania.
Source: RAD-AID International, radiology lecture in Kenya (photo with permission).
First Read Initiative was founded in 2018 by a vRad radiologist determined to build bridges that give more patients access to life-saving diagnostic tools and insights. His vision is to extend the reach of imaging technology into areas that lack access to it, while simultaneously connecting remote clinics with radiologists willing to donate financial resources and diagnostic expertise.
In its inaugural year, over $114,000 was raised, helping provide:
It’s a start. But the need is still tremendous.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our partnership with RAD-AID International supported the following:
Joshua Sokol, MD, vRad Radiologist and Founder of First Read Initiative
vRad is the leading national teleradiology services and telemedicine company with over 500 U.S. board-certified and eligible physicians, the majority of whom are subspecialty trained. Our clinical expertise and evidence-based insight help clients make better decisions about the health of their patients and their imaging services.
Our physicians interpret and process patient imaging studies on the world’s largest and most advanced radiology PACS for 2,100 client hospital, health system and radiology group facilities in all 50 states. Our practice has 19 issued patents for innovation in telemedicine workflow, and we are a recognized leader in imaging analytics and deep learning-assisted diagnostics.