Imaging the Future

The CAR has done some reflection about the situation of diagnostic imaging services and professionals in Canada and offers access to the following documents.

Vision 2000: Medical Imaging Services in Canada, including:
Human Resources: A Looming Crisis - Health Care Technology: Shocking Deficiency

Imaging the Future: a study involving CAR members and partners

Radiologists are facing challenges and opportunities in years to come that require foresight tools. The CAR is therefore conducting foresight work to help its members apprehend the scope and dimension of change facing them and the society they serve. Here are the steps of the study:

  1. Environmental Scan (Factors that will affect CAR planning)

  2. Identify Future Scope and Drivers
    This step of the study provided the scan report to the Executive Committee and conducted a teleconference session that identified key issues/drivers facing the profession and directions these might go.

  3. Identify Technology Drivers
    This step of the study created a group from the radiology Industry and beyond who are recognized as being on the leading edge of technology developments relevant to medical imaging. The CAR provided them with the environmental scan and asked them to identify where technology is going and the likely implications for the profession. A summary report was produced on this consensus and made available on the CAR web site.

  4. Gather Input from Other Stakeholders
    This step of the study identified a group of stakeholders from outside the profession. The CAR provided them with the environmental scan and asked if anything was missing and what the implications were for the profession from what is contained in the scan. A summary report was produced on this consensus.

  5. Develop Alternate Scenarios of the Future
    This step of the study gathered the results of all of the previous processes and drafted outlines for the scenarios. This step also prepared and conducted a scenario development workshop. A summary report was produced on this consensus. The CAR involved a smaller group of seven thought leaders, carefully selected to allow the group to have a good diversity of points of view.

  6. Collect Information and Develop Consensus
    This step of the study conducted a process to gather reaction from the radiology profession to the scenarios. Information was collected on three questions in regard to the scenarios presented: 
    • What is the perceived relative likelihood of each scenario without intervention from the CAR?
    • What is the preferred scenario?
    • What efforts/actions/steps are required to bring about the preferred scenario?

  7. Develop the Action Plan
    The consultants facilitated a planning group to digest results from the data collection step done before and developed a concrete action plan and alternatives presented to the Presidents' Forum in November 2004.

  8. Final Report
    The final report presents more than findings from the data collection and action planning steps. It describes the project implementation in sufficient detail to act as an archival source; it indicates lessons learned and notes suggestions for future application or extension or renewal of the foresight exercise.