Building a Diagnostic Medicine Network to Better Serve Austin Residents
The Department of Diagnostic Medicine, one of only a handful of similar medical school departments nationwide, operates in partnership with local clinical practices and community physicians to redefine how diagnostic testing is designed, delivered and leveraged to improve health.
Areas of Focus
Most medical schools approach diagnostic medicine — the practice of diagnosing disease — through departments of pathology, radiology and laboratory medicine. At Dell Med, these specialties are integrated. This new approach has multiple benefits, including improved test accuracy, more convenient testing and lowered cost.
Key partners are Austin Radiological Association (ARA) and Clinical Pathology Associates (CPA), and collaboration also extends to partners such as Seton Healthcare Family, part of Ascension. Wherever testing is performed, it is coordinated with patient needs: physicians in ARA and CPA oversee the tests, and results are promptly available to patients and referring physicians.