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iUZ is looking for international partnership to foster MESTRa platform for the European tele radiology markets.

MESTRa is an electronic market for the interpretation of radiological images, enabling a quicker and more agile matching process to overcome the shortage of specialized radiologists.

Interconnecting players using solutions already in place, MESTRa enables real time competition among imaging service providers whilst providing mechanisms to guarantee quality of service provided.

Based on a PhD thesis that identified this gap in the Portuguese radiology market, we expanded this concept by scaling the ICT solution to address European radiology markets. In fact, according to the European Commission, in 2020 an estimated shortage of 230.000 physicians, radiologists included, is expected. The implementation of an electronic market such as MESTRa will contribute to a positive change in this foreseeable future.

 

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iUZ has concluded the development and implementation of MESTRa, an R&D project financed by the Portuguese National Program QREN, to address the tele radiology market.

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Starting from geographic availability disparity of health radiology expertise, MESTRA tele radiology platform empowers healthcare services providers with the ability to request and obtain clinical expert judgement and diagnoses on radiology images even when they are not locally available. Based on a flexible logic and rules engine, this business models allows customization and fine-tuning to match partners business procedures.

Starting from a PhD thesis awarded with the first prize in the research of practical utility category of Fraunhofer Challenge 2011, MESTRa project started with a deep analysis of teleradiology state-of-art, covering 4 areas of interest: organization, technology, quality and clinical aspects. An excerpt of the overall state-of-art report can be found Excert _MESTRa_M1-1_State-of-Art_Report (full version under request).

Having the European market in perspective, the alignment with eHealth interoperability international standards has soon been defined has a corner stone of MESTRa development. To accomplish this objective extensive research has been conducted on eHealth interoperability standards and technologies. An overview of eHealth interoperability platforms studied can be found MESTRa_M4-1_eHealth_Interoperability_Platforms_Standards (full information under request).

Based on these analysis and specifications, MESTRa implemented the following workflows:

  • User management
  • Entity and provider management
  • Image report request
  • Image report request management
  • Image report execution
  • Image report execution management

MESTRa management team is now planning the market approach to capitalize on project achievements.

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