Fragmented Care

Fragmented care can take many forms. Perhaps a patient interacts only every once in a while with the medical system, visiting the obstetrician for a birth, going to the emergency room for a broken bone, getting a mammogram at age 50, and only sporadically receiving health care. Fragmented care may also mean the patient chooses to postpone or decline certain medical care, possibly due to ability to pay or to social situation. On the other hand, it may mean the patient receives good health care, but through various providers and sites, potentially in different cities or states.

At RASF, we are committed to providing patients with the best, most cohesive, and most accurate imaging care possible. We treat all patients equally, regardless of ability to pay, and our partner, Baptist Health of South Florida, has a long history of providing care to those who need it most.

For all patients, RASF recommends avoiding fragmented care by:

  • Establishing a primary care physician
  • Keeping an eye on your health, visiting the physician when you have symptoms that concern you
  • Undergoing the recommended screening examinations for all patients — annual mammograms for all women over 40 with a baseline mammogram at 35, colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 (please ask your doctor about a non-invasive alternative to colonoscopy--CT colonography), and in the right clinical setting for select patients a CT cardiac calcium score or a CT lung screening.
  • Having your care consolidated under a health system, so that all your entries in the electronic medical record are visible by all your physicians, and so that all your radiological studies are available for comparison. RASF has one of the longest-running PACS installations in South Florida, and so imaging studies for almost the past 10 years are available digitally through Baptist Health facilities.