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Towards A Unified Radiology Information & Reporting System: Challenges and Way Forwards for the Developing Countries

  • Open or CloseJunaid Rehman1*, Marya Hameed2, Ameet Kumar Jesrani3, Fatuma Namisango4 and Zafar Mehdi5/

    1PhD Scholar and Casual Academic, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

    2Assistant Professor and Head of Radiology Department, NICH/JSMU, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

    2Consultant Radiologist Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, JPMC, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

    3Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, SIUT, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

    4PhD Scholar and Casual Academic, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

    5Public Health Expert and Focal Person Health Department, Govt of Sindh, Karachi, Pakistan

    *Corresponding author:Junaid Rehman, School of Information, Systems and Modelling, Australia

Submission: February 17, 2020Published: August 13, 2020

Abstract

A radiology report serves as an intermediary between a radiologist and referring clinician for suggesting appropriate treatment to the patients, aimed at better healthcare management. It is essentially a tool that assists radiologists in conveying their input to the patients and clinicians regarding positive or negative findings on a case. The objective of this paper is to discuss and propose Radiology Information & Reporting System (RIRS), highlight challenges governing its implementation and suggest way forwards towards its effective implementation across the public sector tertiary care institutions of Pakistan. In the end, it is concluded that the proposed RIRS would potentially offer enormous benefits in terms of cost savings, reporting accuracy, faster processing and operational efficiency as opposed to the conventionally available manual radiology reporting procedures and systems.

Keywords: Radiology Information & Reporting System (RIRS); Radiological Diagnostics & Imaging; Radiology Reporting; Developing Countries

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