Charlottesville, VA - The university of Virginia health system is using video technology to help cancer patients in rural areas across the state.
The telemedicine cancer survivorshop intervention aims to connect nurses to former cancer patients looking for advice and more. Patients who live in remote areas often don’t have many resources to rely on. This new technology aims to change that.
Nurses will be able to answer patient questions dealing with pain, financial issues, sleeping issues and other stresses. The UVA cancer center care coordinator, Allex Cupp said: “if it is needing a speech language pathologist out in the community, i can make referrals, social workers. If it is a community where they don’t have the resources, you know, our patients are going to be coming back for follow up.”
So far, 20 patients have taken advantage of the intervention system and the team is hoping to increase the amount of patients in the future.