Singapore – Eight in 10 radiologists in Singapore, Australia and South Korea (80%) believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be introduced into their current clinical workflow, enabling more confident diagnosis and data processing, according to a new radiology industry study released today by Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology.
The report, “Precision Diagnosis: Radiology’s Evolution Towards a Digital Healthcare Future”, which surveyed over 100 radiologists in Singapore, Australia and South Korea about their views and challenges in adopting greater digitization, also found that nearly three in five radiologists (60%) have turned to teleradiology during the pandemic, most often used in distant consultations with remote workflow to enhance diagnosis and treatment plans as patients remain indoors.
As a core pillar of healthcare, radiology serves as a critical starting point that informs a patient’s state of health, treatment plan, and journey towards recovery. With rising healthcare challenges of aging populations, chronic disease prevalence, and growing demand for healthcare services, the study reveals that many of the region’s radiologists find themselves at a critical crossroad.
Enhancing workflows, increasing efficiencies
Even as the healthcare industry continues to rapidly digitalize, Philips’ research reveals that a number of factors are hindering technology adoption within radiology.
For radiologists in the countries surveyed, the top five roadblocks in streamlining workflows through technology adoption are the lack of well-organized, reliable and cybersafe IT environments (56%), cost of digital transformation (47%), staff training and knowledge (34%), data interoperability (32%) and implementation and adoption time (31%).
Table 1: Top roadblocks to streamlining workflows