NCPD Article

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Transition to Digital Health in Clinical Oncology Care

Abigail Baldwin-Medsker

Anne Skwira-Brown

technology, COVID-19, telehealth, digital health, nursing practice, oncology care
CJON 2022, 26(4), 374-382. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.374-382

Background: Clinical oncology care is complex, and new technologies can improve efficiency, contribute to safe treatment delivery, and enhance care for the patient. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a shift to the use of digital health technologies to provide care. Oncology care providers can ensure that technology is integrated with the patient’s plan of care.

Objectives: The aims of this review were to provide a survey of digital health technologies in oncology care and changes in practice resulting from the pandemic, as well as to highlight oncology nurses’ and nursing leaders’ roles in promoting digital health technology in clinical practice.

Methods: Current and emerging literature, frameworks, and real-world experiences were reviewed to provide an overview of digital health technology in oncology care.

Findings: Digital health technology has become an integral tool for the oncology care team and provides opportunities to improve the lives of patients. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of technology to provide safe and effective care. Oncology nurses play a role in identifying patients’ needs and developing and implementing care strategies.

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