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Results from a recent study by Krupal B. Patel, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Surgeon, Department of Head and Neck–Endocrine Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, and colleagues indicate that the adoption of telehealth services during the pandemic saved patients with cancer both time and travel costs, reducing the cost burden associated with their care. Read More ›

Telehealth is playing a larger role in the delivery of cancer care, but there is more work that needs to be done to permanently increase access, according to a panel of experts during a plenary session at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 2022 Annual Conference. Read More ›

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive boom in telehealth, according to Heidi Kocher, Esq, Partner, Liles Parker, PLLC, Plano, TX. When lockdowns began to be enforced around the world, providers needed to make rapid and unprecedented changes to the way they delivered care, and healthcare teams and patients alike were required to quickly adapt to telehealth and telemedicine. Read More ›

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has added coverage of telehealth services as part of a push by the agency to accelerate the use of telehealth by removing reimbursement barriers. Read More ›

Can the use of telehealth services help to address the upcoming burden of late cancer diagnoses, improve the co-management of chronic conditions, and give patients more power over their own health? During a recent AVBCC webinar, a panel of experts explored this question as they discussed the potential role of wearables, remote monitoring and communication, and other innovative technology for improving care for patients with cancer. Read More ›

The Ohio-based company, PercuVision, LLC, developer of the telemedicine platform DirectVision DVS-III Telehealth Hub, and, a full-service healthcare staffing agency aligned with Georgia’s Jackson Healthcare network, have joined forces to launch a pilot program that will provide valuable clinical and emergency tele-urology services to patients across the United States. The goal of this new partnership is to improve access to care by extending urology services to urban and rural areas where there are few or no urologists, the 2 companies said in a recent press release. Read More ›

According to recent US census data, there are currently 18 million veterans living in the United States, and approximately 50% of these individuals are aged >65 years.1 In addition, the Veterans Affairs Central Cancer Registry reports that approximately 50,000 new cancer cases are reported each year among veterans.2 Many of these individuals, who live in remote locations, have significant mobility issues or are hesitant to travel to the nearest hospital for treatment. Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a novel program using telemedicine to overcome these obstacles and improve the quality of care for veterans with cancer. Read More ›

Telehealth continues to play a critical role in providing healthcare services to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a webcast titled COVID-19: Impact on Telehealth, Rick Lee, Executive Chairman, Healthy Platforms and CancerLife, along with a panel of experts, discussed the benefits and ongoing challenges associated with the use of telemedicine and the far-reaching impact of this technology beyond the current crisis. Read More ›

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an expansion of coverage for telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. To qualify, 2-way real-time interactive communication between providers and patients using both audio and video technology is required. Read More ›

Every cloud has a silver lining. The chaos and uncertainty that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) brought to the US healthcare system this spring has had a cataclysmic effect on the mainstream adoption of telemedicine and virtual health visits that will probably never be undone. These advances in technology will benefit medical practices and their patients in much needed ways, such as lowering costs, improving patient access, increasing the timeliness of care, and reducing the risk for unnecessary exposure to various elements for patients and staff alike.

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