It seems that tele- is quickly becoming a suffix for many words in the medical language. Telehealth and telecare are mirror by tele-systems for healthcare professionals. Tele-radiology uses the communication channels of normal tele-systems to share radiological scans and gain a diagnosis from specialists without geography hindering the process. The area of tele-radiology is forecasted to grow 19% from 2011 to 2015 partly due to the rise in the number of remote patient diagnosis made possible through technological advancements.
Taking advantage of advancements in and hunger for mobile health (mHealth) is allowing the field of tele-radiology to become efficient and therefore popular. Particular areas of potential growth are developing countries who may have access to some imaging facilities but not necessarily the highly qualified radiologist to interpret them. Closer to home, the shake-up of the NHS in the UK is likely to favour these models of working because of the efficiency and high clinical service.
This report details the market landscape now and the projections for the coming years.
It is certain that as e-health initiatives become more commonplace, ideas such as tele-radiology will enter the mainstream, following the transition that telehealth has made with regard to patient-operated systems