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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: The ABSCP introduced Telehealth into their ambulatory clinic as a pilot project in early 2005. Patients were selected based upon complexity of symptoms, therapeutic plan and geographical remoteness. Their progress was monitored via videoconferencing for up to 12 months with a goal of improving symptom management through partnered supportive care in their home communities.
Results: Telehealth has contributed to the following positive outcomes.
1.Improved assessment of patients' health status and improved tailoring of clinical intervention through more frequent appointments. 2.Enhanced monitoring capability through state-of-the-art technology, such as high-resolution cameras and digital stethoscopes. 3.Improved access to care for patients in their distant communities – thereby reducing financial costs, commuting time, and a sense of rural isolation. 4.Increased patient satisfaction with improved treatment compliance. 5.Increase clinician satisfaction through partnered supportive care.
The ABSCP team has successfully integrated Telehealth into its clinical practice as a viable option for complex symptom management and enhanced treatment compliance within a geographical remote patient population. Clinical outcomes, cost benefit analysis, rural partnership in care, ongoing research and planned program expansion will be discussed.
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