A reported 40,000 fewer people started cancer treatment in 2020 due to COVID-19. As a result, for years to come, cancer services will need to diagnose and treat substantially more people, with many requiring urgent care.
Throughout the pandemic, NHS teams adopted new technologies to ensure as many patients as possible could get the care they need. Digital health offers a wealth of features such as patient-reported outcome collection, remote monitoring and self-management in real time.
There is growing evidence of the benefit to integrating digital into routine supportive care in oncology practice to provide improved patient-centered care. So to extend support again now, digital health should continue to be part of the solution. But which technologies should teams choose to be part of a smart digital foundation in cancer services? Which technologies can help support clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients?
ORCHA helps NHS services to make informed decisions on digital health, ensuring vital standards are met. To help answer this question, ORCHA has taken a look at digital health for cancer. The report asks:
- How is digital being used now?
- What’s available?
- Is it safe and effective?
- What are the best practice examples and what’s next?