Posted on Jul 09, 2018
With New OSHA Regulations, the Need for B Reading Services Grows
The need for B reading examinations has grown dramatically due to the OSHA Standards on Respirable Crystalline Silica that went into effect in June 2018.
DocPanel has expanded its services to offer a panel of NIOSH certified B Readers to provide ILO Classification Forms in a fully integrated digital platform.
For those new to B Reads, here's a quick breakdown of its history:
- The NIOSH B Read program was originally created in 1979 to find and treat patients suffering from black lung (hence the name 'B' Read), and is also used to evaluate for pneumoconioses from the inhalation of dust such as asbestosis and silicosis or from beryllium.
- There are a small number of active NIOSH certified B Readers today.
- Getting a B Read has been difficult and workflow cumbersome and time consuming, often required the mailing of the plain film radiographs or CDs with digital X-Rays to B readers who would fill out an ILO classification form on paper, and mail it back.
DocPanel has taken steps to ensure this new process is as easy and intuitive as possible by allowing you to create an account and upload digital chest radiographs from a CD, PACS, or DICOM file/folder. We then integrated an FDA approved viewer with an electronic ILO classification form enabling an efficient workflow, and allowing a DocPanel B Reader to quickly send back the completed ILO classification form (B Read). See the image below as an example.
We perform B reads for occupational health centers, imaging centers, law firms evaluating client cases, epidemiological research studies, as well as surveillance and worker monitoring programs. Other B Readers can also use DocPanel to streamline their workflow and give their clients quicker turnaround times.
M. David Wiener, MD, B Reader Consultants, LLC said "In a short period partnering with DocPanel as their “B reader” panel, we have rapidly expanded our client base with enhanced customer service through their seamless cloud-based platform. The professionals at DocPanel have provided tremendous personalized service and technical support to us during our start up transition.”
If you're looking to learn more about the new OSHA rules, how to prepare for the new business B Reads can bring you, or just want to learn more about DocPanel's B Reading service in general, contact us at email@example.com