Radiology Associates of Hawaii
When Dr. Jeffrey Yu became chief executive officer and managing partner of Radiology Associates of Hawaii (RAI) in 2002, he quickly moved to transition the film-based practice into a state-of-the-art operation that incorporated technology into all levels of the practice, including equipment, facilities, billing and operations.
The result? RAI has doubled its profit margins since Yu’s arrival. The 37-year-old firm has also earned acclaim for its innovations in the field, from being one of the first companies to transition from film to digital images, to being the first to provide secure reports to physicians via the Internet.
Of course, such high-tech enhancements don’t come cheaply. Yu estimates the company spent up to $2.5 million during the transition. RAI also invested about $10 million in its AccuImaging operations. Future plans call for introducing new technology and improving accessibility to the public.
Yu says that pushing the limits of what can be done with imaging has attracted a top-of-the-line staff of physicians. RAI currently employs 46 full-time workers. “If you’re innovative in the market, you can get people who are excited about what you’re trying to do,” he says. “We’ve been very fortunate to get really good people who share our vision of making imaging a better experience for our clients.”
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