Pulcrano plans to launch the business in Charleston and Huntington within the next several months and statewide within a year. Eventually, "We will have 12 full-time vehicles and techs and 12 part-time techs and provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service statewide and in some border states," he said.
"Digital radiology is pretty new in the mobile field," he said. "West Virginia will be the second state in the country doing this."
Pulcrano claims that in addition to the quick turnaround, digital radiology has several advantages over film-based systems, including less radiation per image and an increase in diagnostic quality. He also noted that the system creates electronic medical records that may be more easily shared by physicians.
OnSite will contract with Radiology Inc. of Huntington to read images, he said.
The digital technology saves Medicare and Medicaid money because patients don't have to be transported to an off-site facility and back, and it saves the patient from the trauma of being shuffled around, he said.
Under the terms of OnSite's certificate of need, the company will provide services only to skilled and unskilled nursing facilities, assisted living residencies, legally unlicensed nursing homes, hospices, home care facilities and correctional facilities in all 55 counties, Pulcrano said.
OnSite's application for a certificate of need was opposed by 14 hospitals, he said. The company's application generated more than 80 letters of support from physicians, business leaders, previous clients, 18 state senators and several members of the state House of Delegates, he said.
"Now that OnSite is bringing competition on a statewide basis in West Virginia for mobile imaging services, ultimately the geriatric providers and geriatric residents benefit by having a choice of services," he said.
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