Radiologists reading on home workstations have become a permanent feature of the post-COVID modern medical landscape. Whether every day or just one or two days a week, the flexibility of working at home is irresistible to many top physicians – and leading radiology groups and imaging facilities should be thinking about the best ways to accommodate and support them.
I can say from experience, having managed the reading environment for vRad’s 500 radiologists over the past 12 years, that supporting work-from-home options can be time consuming for both the radiologists and the IT team. One area where this comes into play is the workstation displays used by the radiologist to view images. It is up to the facility to ensure that radiologists are reading from displays that are appropriately calibrated, lit, cleaned, and maintained. Without the right tools, managing this can be labor intensive, chewing into the radiologists’ productivity, as well as that of the IT support team.
We’re in the middle of rolling out Barco internet-enabled diagnostic displays to all 500 of our radiologists. If you’re a practice employing remote readers or a radiologist considering remote work, I’ll share with you the significant challenges we’re solving with these new monitors.