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Telemedicine as a means of providing access to subspecialist experts across health care systems: Why aren’t we doing this?

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As I consider the increasing value of access to subspecialist experts in cancer and other serious medical issues as the volume of new information becomes increasingly challenging to manage, I see ways in which telemedicine could be integrated in large, comprehensive health care systems that are becoming more common in the US and are already the way health care is delivered in many parts of the world. I can’t see why this isn’t being initiated already through the VA system or Kaiser Permanente in the US, or the UK’s National Health Service, etc.  Yet my own system of Swedish/Providence, which includes dozens of centers in the Western US, isn’t leading by example either.  

The first system to do this will improve the quality of the care for their patients and dramatically improve patient satisfaction as well.

On the other hand, that’s just my opinion. I’m interested in yours as well. 


2 Responses to Telemedicine as a means of providing access to subspecialist experts across health care systems: Why aren’t we doing this?

  • heartspy says:

    Oddly, I am just about to fax my husbands path/radio reports to “a friend of a friend” who is in cancer research in NY. (We live in Florida) Hoping her input can prove beneficial for our local oncologist. My only goal, obviously, is the well being of my husband, but still don’t want to minimize the amount of respect we have for our current oncologist. I am creating my own internal network of telemedicine, so to stumble upon your recent post was somewhat surprising and encouraging! Clearly, I agree with your statement. Cancer is so paralyzing (emotionally, mentally, physically and yes, even spiritually) – we should be doing all we can to initiate this movement for the best possible care, treatment and satisfaction of the patient. I am in awe of any oncologist who dedicates his/her life to finding and fighting for the cure. You come from a special place with a motivation and committment, most of us lack. Imagine the collective force via telemedicine???!!! Cancer should shake in it’s rotten boots. Thanks, Dr. West – this was an inspiring read.

  • golfadkt says:

    Awesome video dr west. I hope that in some small way I was able to help with your idea. I know that my consultation with you, your report and your input has been invaluable to me . I am eternally grateful.

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