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UTHSC WINS GRANT TO EXTEND RURAL PATIENT ACCESS TO SPECIALIZED CANCER CARE
Memphis, Tennessee (June 22, 2005) – Thanks to a $1.5 million three-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), rural Mid-South cancer patients can now be treated by leading oncology and hematology specialists with the UT Cancer Institute (UTCI).
The grant allows
UTHSC to extend its established telehealth network to include the Technology
Exchange for Cancer Health Network (TECH-Net). The newly launched network will
link ten UTCI cancer outreach centers in the tri-state area—Eastern Arkansas,
Northern Mississippi and
“TECH-Net is a
major breakthrough for Mid-South cancer patients who need regular, managed
cancer care but live a distance from the medical center,” said Karen Fox, PhD, executive
director of the telehealth network and assistant dean of the UTHSC College of
Medicine. “For example, a patient in
The second phase of the project involves creating an electronic medical record database with decision support systems which means the patient can be in any one of the ten outreach centers and physicians can access his or her record and consult from several locations.
“The TECH-Net system is primarily about patient access; but there are also huge potential benefits in terms of cost savings, safety and the overall quality of cancer care throughout the region,” noted Dr. Fox.
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