Sheridan: The outsourcing explosion: Hospitals turn to outside firms to provide more clinical services

Challenges include finding the right partner, parameters Hospital imaging often renders a disquieting financial picture. The equipment costs millions of dollars to either purchase or lease, is often manpower intensive to operate and usually needs replacement or major upgrades every few years. That's not to mention the constant pressure to optimize patient throughput in order to pay for the equipment in the first place.

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