NIH awards $23 million for telehealth oncology

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has provided $23 million to four universities to develop telehealth centers for cancer care as part of the Centers of Research Excellence initiative in NCI telehealth.

As part of the federal Cancer Moonshot initiative, TRACE aims to determine how best to use and sustain telehealth to deliver cancer care.

There is growing interest in how to improve patient care experiences through the development of hybrid models that overlap with virtual care possibilities such as telehealth. Each center will study how telehealth supports cancer patients across a number of disciplines and factors.

“We need to establish an evidence base for using this technology to deliver oncology healthcare and integrate it into routine care. Additionally, these centers will explore opportunities for scalability and dissemination of their cancer-related telehealth interventions beyond their own health systems. Dr. Robin C. Vanderpool, chief of the Health Informatics and Communication Research Branch of NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, said in the announcement.

MSK explores telehealth for precision oncology

Thanks to its grant, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York launches the telehealth research center for the effective and safe delivery of cancer care at home to help patients with breast and prostate cancer receive routine oncology care at home through telehealth and other strategies.

Researchers will study the effectiveness of the hospital-at-home program to be called [email protected] in its outpatient practice network to reduce in-person visits, improve patient experience, understand clinician experiences, and overcome barriers to the implementation of telehealth in oncology. .

Social factors, shared decisions and patient risk reduction

Other awards focus on how telehealth can help cancer patients who are veterans, have lung cancer, or need support to reduce cancer risk factors, such as nicotine.

“We award these Centers of Excellence to better understand how telehealth can help improve health outcomes across the continuum of cancer care,” said Katrina Goddard, director of the Division of Cancer Control and of Population Sciences from the NCI, in a statement.

The other rewards are:

  • NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York will lead the development of the Telehealth Research and Innovation Center for Veterans with Cancer to work with the Veterans Health Administration to examine how social factors such as race and ethnicity , poverty, and rural residence affect the supply of telehealth for cancer care.

  • Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois will lead the Scalable Telehealth Cancer Care Center which will focus on using telehealth to extend health services to cancer survivors to reduce risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.

  • The University of Pennsylvania Telehealth Research Center of Excellence will focus on using communication science and behavioral economics to compare the effectiveness of several telehealth strategies on shared decision-making for the lung cancer screening and to improve timely access to comprehensive molecular testing for advanced lung cancer.

“With this new NCI grant, we aim to develop a new paradigm in oncology – precision delivery – with the ultimate goal of matching individual patients with the most beneficial combination of in-clinic or telehealth home care at the time. appropriate time,” said Dr. Michael J. Morris, Medical Oncologist and Head of Prostate Cancer Section for Genitourinary Oncology at MSK in a separate statement on MSK’s website.

Andrea Fox is the editor of Healthcare IT News.
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