COVID19 Pandemic: Natural Experiment in Rural Cancer Care Telehealth Capacity

October 30, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented need to deliver ongoing cancer care remotely. Norris Cotton Cancer Center providers transitioned ambulatory care to televisits for a large proportion of patients within weeks of confirmed COVID-19 cases within our region, which encompasses rural areas in New Hampshire and Vermont. This rapid expansion of telehealth will have unknown effects on telehealth capacity post-pandemic. In this cyber discussion we provide contextual information for understanding the use of telehealth for cancer care during the pandemic. We share early data on use of telehealth for oncology in comparison to other services and discuss potential multi-level drivers for sustained telehealth in oncology with a focus on rural populations

For background on expansion of COVID-19 rural cancer care telehealth capacity, please see the following three articles:

Presenters

Anna Tosteson, ScDExternal Web Site Policy
James J Carroll Professor of Oncology
Interim Director and Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
Associate Director for Population Sciences, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Kevin Curtis, MD, MSExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Connected Care and Center for Telehealth
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

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Last Updated: 17 Nov, 2020