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Taurus Cancer. 18 January 2022: S0007-4551(21)00421-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bulcan.2021.08.015. Online before print.
The value of comprehensive oncology management including supportive care is well recognized, but is challenged by increasing needs and inequalities in access. By enabling dynamic, technology-enabled, real-time assessments and interventions, e-health is key to optimizing supportive care in oncology in 2021. Indeed, e-health has the potential to improve communication between the patient and healthcare professionals the assessment and management of symptoms and toxicities; and optimizing patient engagement across the continuum of care. We are witnessing a new era of patient-centered care, in which the patient becomes an actor in their own care. In this overview, we present the definitions and the French legal framework for eHealth, as well as some currently available eHealth solutions in oncology, focused on supportive care, including the issues of their validation and financing. We will also discuss the challenges and access for patients, as well as the issues of access, security and the transmission of health data.
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