Medical Xpress October 24, 2021
American College of Surgeons

Two studies improve understanding of how video and telephone telehealth services are used by patients and cancer centers across the country, identifying factors that could lead to more or less use of these services and guide efforts to improve access for patients who might otherwise be shut out. Research findings were presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021.

To improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical centers shifted to telehealth services. In fact, telehealth visits increased by 50 percent during the first quarter of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to the CDC.

Telehealth appointments are more efficient than traditional face-to-face encounters, eliminating the need for long travel and...

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