Thursday, October 1, 2015

Working from home: a growing trend among UK radiologists

Photo from UKRC conference gallery
PARCA eNews – Sept. 16, 2015 – Working from home is growing trend and spurred a spirited debate at the recent 2015 U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).

Noting that flexibility of working from home is a major reason many radiologists sign up with teleradiology companies. The questions of supporting a home workstation, security and privacy, not to mention administrative concerns about work hours and intrusions of home and family obligations were passionately discussed in a plenary debate, as reported by Phillip Ward,

Ward’s article summarized the issues raised by the panel discussion. The views ranged from “why do radiologists want to sit at home all day reporting?” to "Why can't the NHS get its act together and allow workers to do one or two sessions from home?"

The issue may be more acute in the U.K. where there is a shortage of radiologists, thus causing heavy workloads and sometimes long waits for interpretation. Nevertheless with the advance of technology making work in general and certain kinds of healthcare work more mobile, PACS and healthcare IT administrators are facing a growing challenge of supporting a growing number of worksites. 

The United Kingdom Radiological Congress (UKRC) is an annual event and consists of a three-day multidisciplinary scientific conference and technical exhibition which run simultaneously in one location. UKRC is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science and attracts between 3,000-4,000 people a year.

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