Tele-health and cancer care in the era of COVID-19: New opportunities in low and middle income countries (LMICs)

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Tele-health and cancer care in the era of COVID-19: New opportunities in low and middle income countries (LMICs)


JournalCancer Treatment and Research Communications
Article typeOpinion
Publication date – Jan – 2021
Authors – Udhayvir Singh Grewal, Abhishek Shankar, Deepak Saini, Tulik Seth, Shubham Roy, Durre Aden, Dhiraj Bhandari, Pritanjali Singh
KeywordsCancer care, Coronavirus, covid-19, Tele-health, telemedicine
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy, Surgical oncology
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on January 27, 2021 at 10:36 am
Abstract:

In the current era of COVID-19 pandemic where at least some degree of social distancing is the norm and hospitals have emerged as hotspots for acquiring the infection, it has become important for oncologists to devise methods of providing care to cancer patients while minimizing patients’ exposure to healthcare settings. In light of the on-going pandemic, it has been recommended that in-patient visits for cancer patients should be substituted by virtual visits and patients should be advised to proceed directly for infusion treatment. Telemedicine and tele-health based interventions have emerged as reasonably practical solutions to these impediments in the delivery of care to cancer patients. Technological advancements have resolved the issue of connectivity for telemedicine even to the remotest places. Teleconsultation is becoming an acceptable alternative for patients and health care providers in this era of information technology. Albeit the challenges that we are facing are diverse and therefore cannot have a singular full proof answer, telemedicine and tele-health based interventions seem to offer promise in effectively complementing our efforts in that direction. Telemedicine is beneficial for both patients and doctors in term to provide quality care without shifting to physical location.

OSI Number – 20899

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