Healthcare diagnostics are a part of any practice, regardless of size. Moreover, they require a dedicated staff with the knowledge and resources necessary to read and analyze images sent from either hospitals or private practice.
Meanwhile, there is a premium set on speed of service, which can put a lot of strain on workers responsible for the task. Employees and physicians are required to be on call or work irregular hours to meet the demands of imaging diagnostics. However, healthcare providers that collaborate with an outsourcing company for diagnostic services can alleviate unnecessary strain put on internal staff and resources.
In reality, the outsourcing industry for healthcare services has rapidly expanded and is expected to increase by nearly $15 billion by 2018, according to an August 2013 Markets and Research report. The source indicated the primary motivation for healthcare providers to partner with an outsourcing company aligns with the need to reduce in-house expenses and a lack of expertise.
The report also stated medical tourism in Asia is pushing more U.S. healthcare professionals to give patients a more convenient experience. In fact, HealthCareGlobal reported teleradiology service providers can give feedback to doctors far more quickly than traditional methods, meaning patients do not have to wait several hours or days for diagnostic imaging results.