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 Live teleradiology can save vital minutes and have a dramatic effect on patient outcomes


management. Oncology and cardiac care are two particular disciplines when live teleradiology can come in to play. In many healthcare systems around the world, the discussion of oncology cases between multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) is mandatory. MDT meetings involve those familiar with the patient such as the cancer nurses, referring doctor and other specialists, travelling to meet with a central regional team of oncologists, surgeons, senior consultants and radiologists on a weekly basis. Whether the team is based in major metropolitan areas or in distant


rural hospitals, this is inefficient use of specialist time; time which can be spent in clinics with patients. For a network of referring hospitals


relying on the services of a centralised specialist oncology team, the use of high definition UC solutions is the vital link to contribute to the weekly MDT meeting and avoid the inevitable travelling time. UC solutions enable various models of operation, with a hub and spoke approach popular between the referring sites and the specialist centre. The joining locations can be meeting rooms enabled with HD UC telemedicine systems or custom designed MDT meeting rooms, providing access to live microscopy, electronic patient records (EPR) and PACS as well as the specialist MDT teams. MDTs are organised in site-specific tumour groups, which are often:


 Breast cancer  Colorectal cancer  Gynaecological-cancer  Head and neck cancer  Haematology, including lymphoma and haematological malignancies  Lung cancer  Melanoma  Upper gastro-intestinal cancer  Urological cancers During the MDT, cases are discussed, care


pathways for treatment are agreed and the outcomes are recorded. Feedback from the participants of UC enabled MDT meetings also state that they find the sessions an invaluable education tool, learning about new treatments, methods and procedures, as well as keeping in touch with their peers in other sites. ■


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