The Impact of Information Technology on Radiology Services: An Overview

Erik R. Ranschaert
2016 The Belgian Journal of Radiology  
The main objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the impact of information technology on radiology services during the past 15 years and to promote awareness of the digital revolution that is taking place in health care, including radiology. The combination of two major innovations is playing a central role in this revolution, namely, the Internet and the digitisation of medical information. The various stages of the Internet development and their relationship with the almost
more » ... aneously ongoing digitisation of the radiology department are described. The onset of teleradiology services and the more recent trend toward the usage of cloud-based networks and services are explained. The recent changes in digital communication and electronic transmission of medical information are discussed, hereby paying attention to the value of social media in medicine and radiology in particular. Finally, the future prospects of health care and medical imaging are outlined in the spotlight of today's major trends, and the role of the radiologist in this quickly changing environment is redefined.
doi:10.5334/jbr-btr.1184 pmid:30151487 fatcat:jbyr457cdbcipl2e6rv2fyawke