The global teleradiology market size was valued at USD 3.6 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 13.9% over the forecast period. Rising demand for teleradiology in cases of second opinion and emergencies is one of the high impact rendering drivers of the market. Moreover, a shortage of healthcare professionals, especially in sub-specialist segments such as pediatric, neurology, and musculoskeletal radiology, is leading to the adoption of teleradiology services. Teleradiology helps healthcare professionals access patient information irrespective of the distance, thereby improving diagnostic coverage. Therefore, the growing adoption of teleradiology for timely diagnosis is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.
Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into teleradiology, implementation of Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), and growing R&D activities pertaining to eHealth are several other factors expected to boost the demand for teleradiology services over the forecast period. For instance, HDM World, a teleradiology service provider in Latin America, chose RamSoft's PowerServer PACS, a cloud-based data communication system, for its business model. This is expected to increase the speed and safety of patient data transfer, thereby enabling quicker diagnosis.
Teleradiology applications comprise teleconsultation, telemonitoring, and telediagnosis, which enable radiologists to effectively perform their daily work. Teleradiology provides effective on-site solutions via cloud network globally and real-time interpretation. Increasing incidence of chronic diseases such as breast cancer, cellulitis, and osteomyelitis, and a growing number of emergency cases in less developed regions, are further expected to drive the market.
The introduction of favorable government initiatives such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in the U.S. ensures that all patient information has end-to-end protection from cybercrimes. Therefore, every teleradiology service in the U.S. must be in compliance with this act. Such initiatives improve patient and physician confidence in teleradiology services, increasing their adoption rate during the forecast period. Similarly, the availability of healthcare coverage pertaining to teleradiology services in countries such as the U.S. and Australia is expected to support market growth.
Based on the product, the market for teleradiology is segmented into nuclear radiology, X-ray, MRI, CT, and ultrasound. X-ray was the dominant segment in 2019 and was valued at USD 1.1 billion that year. Economical pricing, high usage in primary diagnosis, and the introduction of innovative systems such as filmless x-ray systems are some of the factors responsible for the segment’s dominance. X-rays find wide application across numerous healthcare domains, such as orthopedics, cardiovascular diagnostics, chest imaging, cancer screening, and dental imaging.
The Computed Tomography (CT) segment is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. CT provides faster and clearer images of complex body organs, such as the brain, cardiac cavities, and lungs, which contributes to segment growth. Increasing technological advancements and digitalization in this field are also expected to support growth. For instance, in March 2019, Siemens Healthineers and GE Healthcare launched a Go platform cardiac CT scanner.
The ultrasound segment is also expected to grow at a healthy rate during the forecast period. The ability of ultrasound in accessing critical health parameters quickly without exposure to radiation makes it a vital technology in limited-resource settings. Moreover, teleradiology-based ultrasound devices are being extensively used to deliver training and education programs to healthcare workers in remote areas. For instance, Philips, in collaboration with PURE, a non-profit organization, delivers training regarding the usage of tele-ultrasound technology to healthcare workers in Rwanda, Africa.
Hospitals held the largest share in the teleradiology market in 2019 and the segment is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. Hospitals use teleradiology services for urgent care, primary diagnosis, and second opinion. However, these services are generally preferred in emergency care. For instance, if a patient visits a hospital with severe head trauma during the absence of a neuroradiologist, then teleradiology services help in quicker diagnosis and delivering treatment promptly. Therefore, the rising number of emergency visits in hospitals is expected to drive the segment over the forecast period.
Ambulatory Imaging Centers (AIC) are expected to grow at the fastest pace during the forecast period, fueled by rising demand for imaging procedures, cost-effectiveness, and shortage of radiologists. The most crucial problem during an imaging procedure is the time taken for its diagnosis. For instance, as per a report by the National Health Service (NHS), the average waiting time for an MRI test in England was reported to be 21 days in 2018. AICs, therefore, help in reducing this diagnosis time and this is leading to the growing adoption of teleradiology for various imaging procedures.
The radiology clinics segment is also expected to grow at a healthy pace during the forecast period. The high pay scale of radiologists, coupled with rising imaging costs, is expected to drive the revenue contribution of this segment over the forecast period.
North America held the largest market share of 39.5% in 2019 and is projected to maintain its dominance over the forecast years. Growing target population base, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, and the presence of major market players are the major factors contributing to the region’s leading position. In addition, developed infrastructure, supportive government initiatives, and increasing demand for efficient teleradiology solutions are likely to drive the regional market.
Europe accounted for a significant portion of the market revenue in 2019. The increasing number of awareness programs about teleradiology and its application being held in Europe is expected to drive the market. For instance, the 8th International Conference on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine will be held in Switzerland in 2020, after being held in Italy the previous year. Such conferences are expected to increase awareness and simultaneously support innovations in teleradiology, thereby aiding the market growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. This can be attributed to high unmet healthcare needs, coupled with rapidly expanding healthcare infrastructure in the region. In developing economies such as India and China, a major proportion of the population resides in rural areas where they have limited access to healthcare, as most advanced care facilities are established in urban areas. Therefore, hospitals and organizations are looking to tap this unexplored market considering the benefits at the bottom of the pyramid. This is expected to increase the demand for cost-effective diagnostic interventions, such as teleradiology services, especially in countries with inefficient coverage policies.
Key players in this market include 4ways Healthcare Ltd.; HealthWatch TeleDiagnostics Pvt. Ltd.; RamSoft, Inc.; Everlight Radiology; Virtual Radiologic; Agfa-Gevaert N.V.; ONRAD; Teleradiology Solutions; and Global Diagnostics. These companies have adopted strategies such as new product development, collaborations and partnerships, and M&As to enhance their capabilities and provide quality services. For instance, in May 2018, Qure.ai entered into a partnership with Teleradiology Solutions and Telerad Tech (T2) to reduce cost and enable faster, smarter diagnosis of CT scan and X-ray data. Telerad Tech (T2) is a global health IT company and provider of AI-enabled RIS-PACS, while Teleradiology Solutions is a global pioneer in remote radiology interpretation and telehealth.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global teleradiology market report on the basis of product, end-use, and region:
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Ambulatory Imaging Centers
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Teleradiology systems are currently being used to share study observations and details gathered during the treatment of Covid-19 patients. This helps prevent the exchange of hard copies of imaging results as well as avoid in-person contacts. In addition, various international teleradiology alliances of radiologists are expected to help fuel the speed of clinical trials and studies on preventive measures. We are working to include the influx of advanced teleradiology systems that are specially designed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The report will account for Covid-19 as a key market contributor.