Barn-Raising on the Digital Frontier: The L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative

Hesse, Bradford W. and Ahern, David and Ellison, Michele and Aronoff-Spencer, Eliah and Vanderpool, Robin C. and Onyeije, Karen and Gibbons, Michael C. and Mullett, Timothy W. and Chih, Ming-Yuan and Attencio, Victoria and Patterson, Grant and Boten, Jessica and Hartshorn, Christopher and Bartolome, Ben and Gorscak, Katie and McComsey, Melanie and Hubenko, Alexandra and Huang, Bin and Baker, Corey and Norman, Don
Hesse BW, Ahern DK, Ellison M, et al. Barn-raising on the digital frontier: The L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative. J Appalach Health 2020;2(1):6–20.

A meta-analysis of oncology papers from around the world revealed that cancer patients who lived more than 50 miles away from hospital centers routinely presented with more advanced stages of disease at diagnosis, exhibited lower adherence to prescribed treatments, presented with poorer diagnoses, and reported a lower quality of life than patients who lived nearer to care facilities. Connected health approaches—or the use of broadband and telecommunications technologies to evaluate, diagnose, and monitor patients beyond the clinic—are becoming an indispensable tool in medicine to overcome the obstacle of distance.

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