How Teleoncology Helps Deliver High-Quality Cancer Care

October 23, 2018
Greg Guthrie, ASCO Staff

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While many people may think that visiting a doctor in person is required to receive medical care, today, technology such as computers and smartphones can connect doctors and patients who are not physically close to each other.share on twitter  This is known as “telemedicine.” It is also referred to as telehealth, e-health, digital health, or mobile health. For cancer care, it may also be called teleoncology.

In this podcast, Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, Dr. S. Joseph Sirintrapun, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Karen Edison discuss the many ways that telemedicine is being used to bridge the challenges in delivering cancer care to all patients.

  • Overview of telemedicine. [3:22]

  • The history of telemedicine. [4:41]

  • How can new technologies and methods help people with cancer? [5:52]

  • An example of telemedicine used in cancer pathology. [8:58]

  • How changing from paper to electronic health records helps people with cancer gain access to high-quality care and clinical trials. [10:42]

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, is the Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. S. Joseph Sirintrapun, MD, FASCP, FCAP, is a pathologist and the Director of Pathology Informatics at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Joseph Greer, PhD, is the Clinical Director of Psychology and a research scientist in the Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Karen Edison, MD, is the Philip C. Anderson Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Missouri Health System, the Medical Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri.

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