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Telehealth program Project ECHO aims to close gaps in health disparities in rural community cancer centers

By Akshita Singh | November 21, 2018 at 9:15 AM

According to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers National Oncology Conference, the telehealth program Project ECHO is focused on delivering education and best practices to rural communities. When implemented in community cancer centers, Project ECHO allows for collaboration between primary care and cancer centers using a telehealth model that allows care teams to educate each other, share clinical cases, and cultivate deeper specialist knowledge.

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Poor care coordination is most prevalent cause of medical-related oncology errors, say VA researchers

By Akshita Singh | October 8, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Although oncology care providers are leaders in patient-safety, oncology-related medical errors do happen. Such errors may result in patient injury or death. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center of Patient Safety used data obtained from the adverse event reporting database for root cause analysis (RCA) to specify how and why these adverse events occurred in the VHA and what can be done to avoid these occurrences in the future.

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Digital Tool for Patient-Reported Cancer Symptoms Extends Survival

By Dan Kamyck | June 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Symptom management is a core concern of oncology practice, with clinicians trying to alleviate suffering and avoid complications for advanced cancer patients. However, up to half of symptoms go missed between visits, seriously challenging clinicians' symptom management efforts and impacting patient survival.

A potential solution: Systemic symptom monitoring via web-based interface. According to a randomized trial, patients' use of a digital tool was associated with improved quality of life and longer overall survival – by almost half a year. “This approach should be considered for inclusion as a part of standard symptom management,”said Dr. Ethan Basch, principal investigator.

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