Teleradiology – safely into the future

Emergence of teleradiology

Teleradiology was first initialised during the first Iraq war, when CT scanners were installed on US Navy ships and the CT images were sent via satellite link to US army hospitals and evaluated by the radiologists there. After that, an allocation of the specialist medical expertise, limited in number, soon took place in the private and public coastal sector, especially the US East Coast. Resourceful owners of a large medical service provider quickly contracted with Indian radiologists and others from the Asian region. Thus, although the reports were written overnight abroad, they were drawn, i.. released, in the morning by the local radiologists in America, which amounted to relieving the strained staffing situation. These radiologists had a level of training that did not conform exclusively to the US standard and also to the European standard. However, as described, the level of medical competence dropped right at the beginning of patient management. And this put teleradiology in a double light right from the 1990s. Teleradiology has now taken hold, especially in the northern hemisphere. Improving
traming standards and fast data transport have been the driving forces behind this new industry As the oldest discipline of telemedicine, teleradiology has gained considerable momentum in recent years. Digital platforms that map the complete teleradiology workflow and a fail-safe IT infrastructure with various redundancies are now standard. The rising number of patients, the steadily increasing shortage of medical specialists and the economic efficiency factor are aspects of teleradiology that will help this sector to develop further and secure it a permanent place in clinical patient care.

 

Next topics in our blog:

March

Teleradiology: Specialist assistance for the medical practice

April

Critical success factors in teleradiology

Artificial intelligence: Algorithms help with diagnosis

May

Myth vs. Reality: The Truth about Teleradiology – Part I

Myth vs. Reality: The Truth about Teleradiology – Part II

 

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