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University of Virginia Cancer Center Begins Using New Telemedicine Technology for Cervical Cancer Screenings
Date:8/1/2013

PARAMUS, N.J., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The University of Virginia Cancer Center has become the first cancer center to use Collaborative Medical Technology Corporation's (CMTC) physician collaboration platform to enhance their tele-colposcopy cervical cancer screening program.

UVA's Cancer Center's Tele-Colposcopy Cervical Cancer Screening Program works with the Wise County Health Department to provide medical services in a rural, medically underserved area of Virginia. By December 2013, the tele-colposcopy program is expected to expand to four sites in the Coalfield region, said Peyton Taylor, Jr., MD, medical director of the Cancer Center, which includes the tele-colposcopy program.

"Our cervical cancer screening efforts initially focused on women with abnormal pap test results," said Taylor. "Nurse practitioners, nationally certified to perform colposcopy examinations, see patients in partnership with an oncologist from UVA via the tele-colposcopy pilot project. Through telemedicine, we are able to identify and prioritize patients who need our immediate attention. Using telemedicine saves patients and families many hours of travel time and expense while also providing a vital connection between specialists at academic health centers such as UVA with clinicians in rural areas."

The UVA Tele-Colposcopy Program uses both video teleconferencing and a cloud-based system that enables providers in Southwest Virginia and at UVA to view local clinical data; cytology, laboratory, and pathology reports; and digital images from colposcopies.

"Seeking to improve the diagnosis of cervical cancer in Wise County is part of a larger mission at UVA Health System to improve access to specialty care for the residents of Southwest Virginia," said Dr. Karen Rheuban<
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