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Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2017;37:144-154. doi: 10.14694/EDBK_176093.

mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Virtually Bring the Patient Into an Oncology Practice.

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From the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH; Department of Radiation Oncology, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center West Cancer Clinic; University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Vector Oncology, Memphis, TN.


Accompanied by the change in the traditional medical landscape, advances in wireless technology have led to the development of telehealth or mobile health (mHealth), which offers an unparalleled opportunity for health care providers to continually deliver high-quality care. This revolutionary shift makes the patient the consumer of health care and empowers patients to be the driving force of management of their own health through mobile devices and wearable technology. This article presents an overview of technology as it pertains to clinical practice considerations. Telemedicine is changing the way clinical care is delivered without regard for proximity to the patient, whereas nonclinical telehealth applications affect distance education for consumers or clinicians, meetings, research, continuing medical education, and health care management. Technology has the potential to reduce administrative burdens and improve both efficiency and quality of care delivery in the clinic. Finally, the potential for telehealth approaches as cost-effective ways to improve adherence to treatment is explored. As telehealth advances, health care providers must understand the fundamental framework for applying telehealth strategies to incorporate into successful clinical practice.

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