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Monash achieves 50% reduction in wait times for chemotherapy

Categories: Innovation | Author: Matt Stewart | Posted: 2/06/2015 | Views: 1063

Monash Health Service was experiencing increasing demands for chemotherapy services, and their Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) and inpatient services were struggling to meet the demand of patient requirements. Wait times for patients was in excess of 3 weeks.    

In response, the team at Monash developed a telemedicine model of collaboration between CDU, Oncology and HITH, to provide a flexible model of care that safely delivers chemotherapy for all suitable patients in the convenience of their own home. Since implementation they have recorded a 50% drop in wait times to 10 days. Patient surveys have revealed reduced anxiety and travel expenses plus the benefit of being able to participate in the management of their own condition.   

Monash’s innovation presentation is available to HRT members by clinking here.   

Other hospital’s innovations from the 2015 Hospital in the Home meeting are available by clicking here.

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