The vision of R-Bay is to extend traditional eRadiology by creating an eMarketplace, a many-to-many connection, which will function as a commodity brokering and exchange of radiology services.
The reality in Europe today is that some regions experience a shortage of radiologists while other regions have a surplus. This inequality can be levelled out by means of eRadiology. Traditional eRadiology uses point-to-point connections, often referred to as tele-radiology, between clients and providers. It is a well-established service but the set-up has restrictions because the number of providers, and thus the type and availability of expertise that can be accessed, is limited. The vision of R-Bay is to extend traditional eRadiology by creating an eMarketplace, a “many-to-many” connection, which will function as a commodity brokering and exchange of radiology services. R-Bay will facilitate the viewing and consulting of images across organisations, regions or nations. On the eMarketplace, providers will make their services available at a specified price and with standardised specifications, and the costumers will buy the services via a trusted and secure network. The R-Bay project will be unique in the sense that it will create an internal market for the exchange of eHealth services. The clinical services will be exchanged across European borders as anonymized images, and will thus be the first medical services in Europe that are based on market terms. The project is coordinated by MedCom International, representing the Region of Southern Denmark.
- Carestream Health Limited (United Kingdom)
- Mawell Ltd (Finland)
- IMA s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
- Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute (Czech Republic)
- University Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands)
- The British United Provident Association (United Kingdom)
- East-Tallinn Central Hospital (Estonia)
- The University Hospital of North Norway (Norway)
- Vilnius University Hospital (Lithuania)
- Oulu University Hospital (Finland)
The project has a budget of approximately 2 million Euros. The project is financed trough the EU project eTen.