Digital disruption in radiology – will it put doctors out of work?

flickr/offtut_afb CHICAGO — Medical imaging has been one of the areas in healthcare most ripe for digital disruption. “Phase 1 has already occurred,” Don Woodlock, senior vice president and general manager for Enterprise Imaging at GE Healthcare, told Business Insider. “There’s no film, images come off of all these modalities and get put into this system and radiologists can read them.”  With that stage done, though, other issues have come up, says Woodlock. One in particular: radiologists have become disconnected from other healthcare providers. They spend more time reading images but have fewer opportunities to talk with the physicians ordering the imaging.  “Part of the problem with radiology when we digitized it is we isolated the radiologist to be an image interpreter, not necessarily part of the care team,” he said. “The radiologists speaks less to…


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