Telehealth Means More Remote Patients in Australia Have Access to Clinical Trials

Feb 21, 2019 | Clinical Trials, e-Health, Telehealth

OpenGov reports that Australian cancer patients will have a new way to access clinical trials thanks to teletrials. These trials allow patients to avoid the need to travel, enabling access to the new treatments and improving patient outcomes.

The Advantages

The Teletrial model with digital technology will enable more people with cancer, from rural and regional Victoria, to access clinical trials closer to home.

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s (VCCC) Teletrials Program in Bendigo and Albury Wodonga was made possible thanks to the A$ 1.5 million Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced the launch of the program, which will also extend to other parts of regional Victoria.

Clinical trials are the gateway to accessing cutting-edge cancer therapies.

But, fewer than 5% of Victorians outside Melbourne participate in them because of the need for travel and time away from home. Cancer patients living in regional and rural Victoria experience several disadvantages including lower survival rates in some parts of the state. Reasons may include socioeconomic issues and access to treatment.  

With telehealth technology advancements, including the rigorous testing and validation the application and adherence to “GcP” standards supporting FDA, EMA and Australian authority levels of compliance heretofore new advantages for patients to see investigators may open up.

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