Each of those steps would require other folks—tech support, local ISP, etc.—to be at their posts and available to help. And, given the current situation, they’re not necessarily going to be available at all. There might be a delay of days, even weeks, due to backlogs of supplies and/or personnel.
Now, suppose there are half a dozen rads in a small group who all suddenly need the same stuff. It’s not too hard to imagine that, by the time everybody’s set up and ready to work from home, the quarantine will be over.
One way to bypass some of that would be a temporary relaxation of requirements. Maybe, to get through the crisis, it’s okay to issue prelimimary reads from monitors that aren’t quite up to resolution-snuff. And, maybe some rad groups, having more people working from home with slower Internet speeds (or less adept with remote-reading software), might set aside their usual expectations regarding productivity.
Some problems also solve themselves. As elective procedures and other non-emergent healthcare get put on hold, I’m hearing that a lot of groups are seeing imaging volumes drop. Lighter worklists can be cleared with fewer rads—maybe not everybody who’s staying home needs to be logged in.
In any event, it’s probably not going to be possible for everyone to suddenly become a teleradiologist to ride out the current situation. I’m of the opinion that anybody who can, probably should—for their own benefit as well as that of those around them.
Even for those who cannot before this thing resolves, I’d suggest that getting set up for potential from-home telerad work is a good, proactive move. Any number of future events could result in another situation where working from home would become desirable, if not the only real option. Why not have your own radiological “Panic room,” ready for whenever you need it?