Returning to “normal” after the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic is a focus for radiologists, in what has been the most challenging time in recent memory for the profession. Volumes dropped, patients delayed critical screenings and treatments and other patients are wary of entering a medical facility. Now the priority is reestablishing operations and preparing for the future, while ensuring patient care does not suffer.
Increased collaboration among healthcare providers, successfully managing the backlog of studies that accumulated over the last several months and exploring or expanding upon teleradiology services are just some areas that are being addressed as radiology practices resume operations. It’s important to consider lessons learned from other areas that have experienced the first wave of COVID-19. This article from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) offers experiences and advice on reopening from radiologists across the globe.
There are many resources from many radiology and healthcare associations for assisting physicians and hospitals and health networks to resume operations during a challenging time that saw hospital operating margins drop around 96% and 60% of breast cancer survivors’ imaging care delayed.