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MANUSCRIPT: Tumor Boards (Team Huddles) Aren’t Enough to Reach the Goal

Incremental changes in the tumor board infrastructure may increase the value of these team meetings and extend their potential benefits to low-volume physicians. The application of technology to create the “virtual” or telemedicine tumor board should be explored. Synchronous audio and video presentations that link physicians in remote areas with disease-specific expert clinicians, as well as asynchronous (“store and forward”) discussions, which focus on patient-specific management issues, are a potential infrastructure
enhancement (6).

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jnci/press_releases/blayneydjs523.pdf

Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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