According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and the world. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 and more than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.
Melanoma, which accounts for about 2 percent of all skin cancers, is responsible for most skin cancer deaths. It may spread through the lymphatic system or bloodstream to other organs. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are not likely to spread and may require little more than minor surgery or topical treatment. Because occurrence of this disease varies so widely, the American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to perform regular skin self-exams to check for signs of skin cancer. Most cases of skin cancer may be treated in a dermatologist’s office or with outpatient surgery. But more aggressive skin cancers, such as melanoma or Merkel cell carcinoma, may form tumors and require more extensive treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy or immunotherapy.
Care.Wallet can be configured to improve the delivery of skin cancer care through improved communication between patients and physicians, enhanced symptom assessment, prescription management, and optimized patient engagement. In addition to improving access to care for skin cancer patients, Care.Wallet can also be a useful tool for improving your quality of life, and other patient-related outcomes during cancer care.
Care.Wallet can help monitor patients and their symptoms within their homecare environment. Symptoms of clinical relevance can be reported as and when patients experience them. Within a few minutes, a healthcare professional can connect with a patient via the video calling function and assist with treating that symptom to prevent it from getting worse. This is especially important for patients who live far from a healthcare facility, such as those in rural areas or patients who wish to see a healthcare professional at a distant location.
If a patient needs to have an in-person visit, it can be scheduled with just a few clicks along with booking a ride to the facility. With the Care.Circle function, family members can stay in touch with the patient’s physician and have a more active role in the patient’s treatment. In addition, Care.Wallet can offer patients evidence-based, self-care advice to help them manage their symptoms on their own. Together, these elements empower patients and their loved ones to take on a more active role in their own treatment and lighten the burden of managing symptoms.
Care.Wallet moves the industry towards a new era of patient-centered cancer care that is beyond the traditional in-person care model. It provides real-time, dynamic, and technology-assisted care. Take a look at our previous article Coronary Artery Disease in New Zealand.