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Going the Distance: ‘Human Factor’ Remains Key Element of Teleoncology


Going the Distance: ‘Human Factor’ Remains Key Element of Teleoncology

HemOnc Today

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Advancements in digital technology during the past 2 decades have helped clinicians and patients connect in ways they may never have imagined. The missions of these initiatives span the spectrum of the health care continuum. Webcasts allow physicians to confer about challenging cases, whereas high-definition video cameras let them view the skin — or even the internal organs — of a patient who is thousands of miles away. Moreover, some researchers worry that, as large centers extend their reach far into the community, patients may no longer view their local doctors or hospitals as capable of providing adequate care. “In general, people have become more and more comfortable with getting what they need and want without a human touch,” Richard M. Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Institute, told HemOnc Today. “Some form of technology-assisted interaction is likely the future of medicine. But to what extent we can do this in a way that’s safe, provides optimal care and is satisfying to both patients and providers is still up for discussion.”

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