Enterprise Imaging also provides radiologists with the perfect home working environment. Bruno De Peuter describes, “Long before the Covid-19 outbreak, we were the first hospital to work out a home-reporting set-up, together with AGFA HealthCare. Initially, our aim was to give a particular sick colleague a pleasant and safe way to work from home. Unfortunately, our colleague has since passed away, but we were able to use the learnings from the experience for the advantage of the department.”
During the Covid-19 lockdowns, ZOL organized itself to enable the majority of its radiologists to work from home. Now, almost each one has a workstation at home. These stations are identical to those in the hospital, and have the same specifications and functionalities. If technical problems arise, IT can log in and fix the problem, just as in the hospital.
“We are still working partly from home today,” says Dr. De Peuter. “We have noticed that homework increases our efficiency significantly. It used to take six to eight radiologists to read 250 MRIs over the weekend; now, we can do it with only five!”
“Considering the increasing shortage of radiologists, I expect that in the future we will use more external radiology consultants, who will also benefit from this set-up. Either way, remote working is here to stay.”