Telemedicine assists rural patients to connect with medical professionals using live audio and video, so they can handle their medical needs without the necessity to travel long distances.
FREMONT, CA: New healthcare technology advances to change the way healthcare providers and facilities think about chronic disease management, including cancer. Cancer continues to be the most common chronic conditions across the world.
Fortunately, wearable medical devices and telemedicine can help organizations decrease the number of cancer-related deaths every year by boosting the chances of early detection, enhancing cancer treatment methods, and strengthening patient access to care. Below is how technology is transforming oncology care.
Increasing Access to Care
Patients with cancer in rural locations remain underserved when it comes to getting adequate medical care. Most of these patients live far away from cancer treatment facilities, forcing them to travel long distances and safe transportation to receive the care they require. A few cancer patients even hold treatment due to the burden of receiving care. Rural patients might also miss preventive medical appointments like breast exams and other cancer screenings, postponing treatment, and diminishing their chances of survival.
Telemedicine assists rural patients to connect with medical professionals using live audio and video, so they can handle their medical needs without the necessity to travel long distances. Digital technology and health-based applications can also send these patients reminders and alerts concerning cancer treatment and preventive medical appointments so they do not lag on their healthcare requirements.
Expanding the Medical Record with Wearable Technology
Care providers are also starting to set up wearable medical devices like wristbands, smartwatches, and other equipment, as a way of learning more about their patients and the efficiency of their cancer treatment. These devices automatically gather valuable patient data, such as sleeping patterns, heart rate, daily exercise, and other information that might help the treatment process. Cancer patients can also make use of digital tools like live audio or video, and online forums to report any modifications to their health.
Organizations can then use this data to create a complete picture of their patients, including how they are responding to treatment in real-time. They can also employ these digital tools to interface with patients during the treatment process, evaluating their needs and concerns, answering queries, and offering detailed instructions for supervising any symptoms.