Teleoncology Improves Access to Care for Rural Patients: As Utilization Goes Up, Costs Go Down
January 01, 2007
In rural areas, access to quality cancer care is especially challenging. The cumbersome process of traveling long distances for care is exacerbated by the symptoms associated with disease, leaving many rural cancer patients undertreated. However, a relatively new telecommunication technology offers one way to overcome the geographic barriers faced by rural Americans. Cancer Care & Economics (CC&E) spoke with Ryan J. Spaulding, PhD, director of the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth at Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC), Kansas City, about how telemedicine helps serve patients in rural Kansas.