Teleradiology - Heal-all or accident-waiting-to-happen?
Demand for remote diagnosis and monitoring through teleradiology solutions has grown to such an extent in recent years that the global market may be worth an estimated $8.2bn by 2022. A combination of demographic changes, an increasing number of elderly patients and a rise in chronic conditions – all aggravated by a lack of skilled staff and ever tighter budgets, has meant that hospitals have been left with skeleton teams of radiologists working unhealthily long hours to keep up with demand.
So, could teleradiology provide an answer – or is outsourcing reporting to those without ‘local knowledge’ an accident waiting to happen? We asked Dr Giles Maskell, President of the Royal College of Radiologists and Dr Nicola H. Strickland, Consultant Radiologist at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London what they thought.