Healthcare facilities across the country recognize that radiology is a central part of patient care.  With rapidly evolving technology and a focus on using it to the benefit of patients, some radiologists, however, are wondering if technology and all the recent innovations could actually work against radiology, pushing it out of the center.

Are the fears based on fact, and are there ways to continue to evolve in the right direction? Take, for example, artificial intelligence. Some in the radiology field have held on to a fear that this type of technology will replace them. However, the more you understand about artificial intelligence, how it is used and the way it is deployed/implemented in your facility, the more you know that is not the case. In fact, it’s technology like this that can boost productivity, curb burnout and provide better patient care.

Teleradiology’s Place in the Market

Many healthcare providers found out during the response to the pandemic how valuable teleradiology solutions can be. Remote reading became a requirement and teleradiology technology has become a useful tool that will definitely outlive the pandemic.

Yet again, there remains a fear that teleradiology will put such a distance between patients, referrers and radiologists that it will make traditional radiologists obsolete. While this technology is of high value, it is ultimately an adjunct rather than a substitute for what radiologists bring to the table.

Electronic Communication

Embracing change isn’t always comfortable and it even comes with a learning curve. But that doesn’t mean you have an excuse to shy away from the tools being used for more accurate, faster and efficient communication. Electronic communication comes in many forms, all focused on assisting radiologists and healthcare professionals in working through their caseloads.

Will electronic communication replace face-to-face interactions? That’s what some might fear, but the reality is that there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions and no amount of technological evolution will change that. Using the latest communication tools only enhances your abilities to provide services.

Cloud Computing

If the goal is to improve productivity, take the pressure off overburdened staff and step up your patient care, you can do all of it through cloud-based solutions aimed specifically at radiologists.

At OffSite Image Management, we develop cloud-based solutions that enhance what you currently do. From PACS to mammography, teleradiology to disaster recovery solutions, our aim is to provide our clients with the latest tools that improve their viewability. Contact us and find out more about how technology can help you achieve your goals.