Teleradiology - It's time for your close-up!
Article posted on: January 3, 2017
Teleradiology has taken the world by storm of late, with demand for remote diagnosis and monitoring sky high and the global market estimated at €7.3bn by 2022. But behind these impressive figures a battle rages…
Teleradiology – or the practice of viewing and interpreting patient images at a distance for diagnostic or consultative purposes – would appear to have taken the world by storm of late, with demand for remote diagnosis and monitoring through teleradiology having mushroomed – such that the global market looks set to be worth an estimated $8.2bn (€7.3bn) by 2022.
But behind these impressive figures a battle rages. Yes, teleradiology could from some angles appear to be a near-panacea for an industry struggling under the weight of increasing demand, a lack of skilled staff and tight budgets. But is the quality of such a service always assured? And is the teleradiologist, by not having access to the same files, facts – and networks – as the local hospital radiologist would have access to, lacking something vitally important?
The findings revealed…
The findings from two European Society of Radiology (ESR) surveys – one of 44 national radiology societies around Europe and the second involving 568 full ESR radiologist members – are revealing. Not only is teleradiology used relatively widely across Europe and increasingly so, according to the research, published earlier this year, but the use of insourcing and outsourcing of teleradiology services is relatively balanced (with 74% of respondents using it for insourcing and 70.8% for outsourcing).
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