Results of an Italian survey on teleradiology

Francesca Coppola, Corrado Bibbolino, Roberto Grassi, Luisa Pierotti, Roberto Silverio, Francesco Lassandro, Emanuele Neri, Daniele Regge

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study is to present the results of the Italian survey on teleradiology (TR). Methods: Two radiologists created an online electronic survey using the Survey Monkey web-based tool. The questionnaire was then improved by suggestions from a multidisciplinary group of experts. In its final form, the survey consisted of 19 multiple-choice questions. Space was left below each question for participants to add their personal comments. Members of Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM) were given 2 weeks to perform the survey. Results: A total of 1599 radiologists, corresponding to 17 % of all SIRM radiologists, participated into the online survey. As a result, 62 % of participants have a positive opinion on teleradiology, while 80 % including 18 % with a negative opinion believe that teleradiology will have a future. 55 % of responders (n = 874) use teleradiology in their clinical practice. The majority of users adopt intra-mural teleradiology for coverage of emergencies (47 %), of night and weekend shifts (37 %) or to even out distribution workload (33 %). Most responders still show concern on the use of teleradiology. In particular, they think that teleradiology is too impersonal (40 %), and that it is responsible for insufficient communication with the referring clinician (39 %). Conclusions: The majority of Italian radiologists are favorable to teleradiology. However, they have concerns that teleradiology may further reduce communication with the referring clinician ad patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalRadiologia Medica
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 23 2016

Keywords

  • Insourcing
  • Italian survey
  • Outsourcing
  • Picture archiving communication systems
  • Teleradiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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