Evaluation of Telehealth for the assessment and follow-up of lung cancer patients from rural Saskatchewan

Last Updated: September 30, 2013

  (Con-Investigator)

In Saskatchewan, many lung cancer patients live outside of large medical centres and must travel long distances to see a specialist for lung cancer assessment and diagnosis. This project, headed by Principal Investigator Christopher Hergott, will evaluate the potential for a Telehealth lung cancer assessment clinic to improve rural patients’ access to assessment and diagnosis and provide evidence to support government funding of this initiative. Telehealth uses videoconference equipment to conduct assessment and follow-up of patients and has been successfully used in other areas of medicine to improve access to care for patients in rural areas.

Goals / Outcomes: Researchers will document patient satisfaction, potential cost savings and diagnosis/treatment timelines.

Funder: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation