The first award ceremony will take place in Vienna at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), March 6–10, 2014.
Medical imaging is undergoing a revolution. Long gone are the days when a two-dimensional x-ray was all that came up from the radiology department in the basement of the hospital. Today, new methods and faster scanners offer referring clinicians better access to advanced ways to diagnose disease. This has resulted in great benefits for patients.
However, with increased complexity, the need for efficient solutions for quality control has also grown. The implementation of quality assurance systems and processes has not always kept pace with the rapid development within radiology. This could sometimes result in the less than optimal use of medical imaging, or even cause risks for patients.
To get efficient quality assurance solutions in place is difficult, partly because it often requires changes in human behaviour. Successful initiatives often need strong leadership, high commitment and interdisciplinary project teams.
Telemedicine Clinic has been providing teleradiology services to more than 100 hospitals in Scandinavia, UK and Spain for the past decade, and soon German hospitals will start using the services too. Telemedicine Clinic was founded on the idea of bringing subspecialist radiology competence to all European patients, no matter where they live. Medical Director, Dr. Hans Billing, sees the TMC Radiology Quality Award as a natural step in the company´s mission to increase radiology quality in Europe.
“Having the opportunity to work with close to 100 radiology departments in several European countries, we frequently come across a number of good examples of initiatives to improve quality. We believe solid solutions for quality assurance and improvement within radiology are very important, and by introducing this unique award we hope to encourage more such initiatives,” says Dr. Hans Billing, Medical Director at Telemedicine Clinic.
The submission process for the 2014 TMC Radiology Quality Award opened on October 1 and closes on December 30. An international jury will review the submitted applications and the winner will be invited to the award ceremony in March at the ECR in Vienna.
The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which represents more than 58,000 radiologists worldwide. The ECR is one of the largest medical congresses in the world, attracting more than 20,000 congress participants. With 300 companies exhibiting across more than 26,000m², its technical exhibition is also the largest in Europe.