As 2020 comes to a close, radiologists find their profession at a major crossroads. AI and other game-changing technologies are rapidly evolving, government policies are forcing practices to rethink their business models, and a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic continues to cause chaos for the entire healthcare industry.
With that wealth of opportunities and challenges in mind, Radiology Business spoke with Imad B. Nijim, the chief information officer at vRad, about what the future may hold for both his own company and the imaging industry as a whole. Nijim is a veteran of the healthcare technology space, spending considerable time focused on radiology, and has seen the industry undergo countless changes over the years.
When Christopher Garcia, MD, MHS, completed his post-residency fellowship in 2015, he was looking forward to kickstarting his career in radiology. As he considered the variety of job opportunities before him—joining a private practice, working at a hospital—one option made more sense than any others: reading remotely from the comfort of his Connecticut home as a teleradiologist.
Because I work as a teleradiologist, I (thankfully) no longer have to commute to get to work. Living in southern California, traffic is one of the things I do not miss at all. I used to spend a lot of time behind the wheel driving to the hospital where I worked, thinking of ways I could make my commute faster and more efficient. Admittedly, I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to time and efficiency, especially in the way I work.
Today, 96% of healthcare facilities use temporary physicians to fill short term staffing needs. When it comes to radiology, many are discovering that teleradiology providers are a better alternative to traditional locum tenens.
This post was originally going to be about my experience as a mammography technician transitioning to telemammography. But after I started writing, I realized that the real story is about women’s health and the difference we healthcare professionals can make in their lives through the decisions we make. From the compassion we show to the technologies we use, our actions impact every touchpoint in the patient’s experience.
News on the public health crisis touched off by the spread of the novel coronavirus has been mostly bad. But a few bright rays have begun piercing the darkness. One is the growth of patient and provider acceptance of telemedicine. Significant swaths of the country have come to appreciate the tele option as a way to keep people safe without postponing appointments. These and other benefits afforded by the technology, so familiar to vRad’s clients, are now known to potentially millions more.
For a radiologist exploring new opportunities, here’s a familiar scenario: You’ve had the interview, you've been offered a position and now you're reviewing the contract. But do you know what to look for? Do you know what important points may not be explicitly included in writing? Many factors come into play when a radiologist considers signing a contract for employment. It often comes down to two things: Time and money. Here are some particular points you should consider before you sign.
The job market for radiologists has never been better, with fewer medical students pursuing a career in radiology and a considerable number of physicians nearing retirement. And those trends only compound the systemic issues of an aging population and the ongoing physician shortage.