Telehealth solutions are rapidly advancing, as well as providing tremendous opportunities for providers to deliver care in a way they never have before. Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center recently shared his implementation strategies, opportunities for growth, and recommendations for using telehealth to improve patient care.
At the 2017 Nashville Health IT Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Heifetz joined a panel of experts to discuss “Advancing Your Telehealth Strategy to Deliver Value-Based Care, Better Serve At-Risk Populations and Increase Efficiencies.”
Dr. Heifetz is on the forefront of developing and sharing knowledge about this valuable technology and has been instrumental in bringing this technology to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.
He also presented "A Synaptic Knowledge Network for Rural Patient Centered Care." In 2006, Tahoe Forest Hospital District designed and implemented an oncology program using telecommunications with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento. The relationship with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network enabled local participation in daily virtual tumor boards, clinical trial enrollment, and quality assurance assistance. The result was that more rural patients were able to access top-quality cancer care.
In 2013, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center developed four new remote telemedicine clinics to allow even more distant patients to be cared for by the physicians at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This was a great benefit to patients living in remote areas, providing them with better care.
Dr. Heifetz demonstrated how this network of care reduces cancer care disparities in rural communities and can be scaled in many configurations to address the problems of reduced access to care nationwide.