According to experts, there is a global shortage of radiologists, with over 2/3 of people on Earth without access to radiologists.
Some countries like the U.S. have tens of thousands of radiologists whereas 14 African countries have no radiologists at all. In India, there is approximately one radiologist for every 100,000 people and in the US there is one radiologist for every 10,000 people, writes Margaretta Colangelo, a leading AI Analyst tracking AI milestones in healthcare.
As part of its commitment to address the global scarcity of radiologists, an Egyptian e-health startup that specializes in teleradiology in the MENA region, Rology, has acquired Arkan United, a teleradiology provider based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In April this year, the teleradiology's leader got $860,000 in pre-Series A round of funding to boost its growth in the Middle East and Africa. With the purchase of Arkan United, it is now moving into Saudi Arabia, which has the most significant healthcare sector in the region.
Rology has built a cloud-based platform that provides intelligent matchmaking between patients and remote radiologists, tackling the global shortage of the latter.
The startup's technology allows radiologists to operate from anywhere in the world as long as they have access to a laptop and an internet connection and can be deployed with zero setup expenses for hospitals as well as for radiologists.
Rology currently works with more than 87 hospitals in five countries.