By Josip Cermin
When the iPhone arrived,
did you ever imagine how many laptop and computer functions it would eventually
replace? As it emerged, the iPhone
forced everything around it to face modifications rather than the other way
around. And so, it didn’t have to go after businesses—businesses came to the iPhone.
A dramatic evolution led
by similar advances is in store for the radiology business. Hospitals, imaging
centers, and facilities continue to do what the technology companies tell
them to do; their evolution is dictated by the evolution of technology.
Therefore, to understand
where the radiology business is going, we must ask: Where is technology headed?
To name a few likely scenarios:
analog devices are going to shrink and become wireless.
data will reach incredibly high speeds.
There will be
breakthroughs in how inexpensive these new technologies will be.
Software will play a
critical role in revolutionizing the momentum and costs of such advances.
Moving forward, software will become á la carte, with incredible ease-of-use – via
complete integration into the web.
Consider the following
situation. You buy a calorie-counting device and slap it on your wrist. Do you
also take on additional, vast software costs? No. You simply register the
device and it becomes active. The same can be expected from the technology used
in radiology’s future! Technology in the imaging sector is nearing an explosion
in both advances and cost-efficiency.
We can now realistically
imagine a day when, by the time an ambulance arrives at a hospital, the
patient’s diagnosis is already completed and he/she is ready for
treatment—because x-rays will be handled by smaller imaging devices and
detectors capable of capturing images on-the-go.
National Healthcare IT Week is upon us
and it’s time to take a hard look and see where we are and where we aspire to
be on the technology curve. The train to the future of radiology will leave the
station with or without us, and it’s in our court to determine whether we’re
part of the ride. So, the survival of those still working with analog devices
is in jeopardy. Those who have managed to make inroads in digital will barely
survive. Only those who have accepted and truly embraced the inevitable digital
future can hope to survive and thrive.
Joseph Cermin is the president and founder of Viztek.