San Diego, CA- June 21st, 2022
Teleradiology refers to the practice of a radiologist interpreting medical images while not physically present in the location where the images are generated. During the pandemic, when many radiologists couldn’t be on-site due to the lockdown or being in self-quarantine, teleradiology came to our aid letting radiologists read from afar and stay safe. Teleradiology and telehealth centers had a significant uptake in volumes during the pandemic. The industry played a huge role as patients could receive services virtually and providers embraced working remotely.
- Maintaining productivity during the pandemic
In order to comply with the new pandemic protocols, remote work went from a luxury to a necessity for most people. Radiologists had to adapt to the new normal which led to an exposure to the benefits of teleradiology. This new working paradigm decreased social activity for many of these radiologists but increased work efficiency and job satisfaction. Given that many radiologists’ workloads have increased during this pandemic recovery period, many new AI applications are also on the horizon to improve workflows to increase productivity.
Health systems and industry partners are continually working on solutions to improve efficiencies in the radiology workflow and finding better solutions to alleviate radiology burnout to improve radiologists’ day-to-day work environment.
- Teleradiology to fight burnout in the pandemic
New evidence shows radiology burnout and the demands for a better work/life balance are increasing and that teleradiology might be the solution. With the technology available to provide remote interpretation of patient images, radiologists don’t need to be in the same location as the patient. This form of virtual radiology enables physicians to work remotely and thus save time on the commute and many non-interpretive tasks that arise onsite leading to more productive radiologists. Many radiologists suffer from burnout from working conditions, time pressure, chaotic environments, and unfavorable work culture. Working from home has helped radiologists eliminate many of those negative influences while increasing the positive ones such as recreation and family time. Ultimately, teleradiology has helped alleviate the pressure radiology is under – by offering them the ability to interpret images remotely.
- Teleradiology and long-term growth
The teleradiology industry is expected to grow exponentially in the next 10 years and transform healthcare by providing access to diagnostic services and medical expertise to people around the world. According to the global market (emergenresearch.com), the teleradiology services market value was predicted to be $4.6 billion by 2017 and is now estimated to reach $32.84 billion by 2027. The exponential increase is driven by the scarcity of radiologists and new innovations in cloud-based technology. Imaging centers and hospitals have adopted teleradiology services to meet the needs of the growing number of aging patients that need imaging services. Teleradiology services have also contributed to improved consultation and better care in rural areas which have enabled medical practices to expand their network and collaborate with other medical facilities.
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