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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women. In fact,

about 1 in 8 women, or around 13%, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their

lifetime. However, because of early detection and treatment improvements, the number of

women who have died of breast cancer has decreased by 42% from 1989 to 2019.

With Breast Cancer Awareness month underway, here are a few ways that virtual care

platforms can assist in early detection and treatment of breast cancer:

Prevention screenings

A recent study found that virtual care methods can expand healthcare capabilities, performing

on par or better than in-person care. Further, those participating in telehealth performed

better than their counterparts on seven counseling-based measures, including breast cancer

screening. Early detection is vital when it comes to breast cancer, and over the last two and a

half years, many patients fell behind on regular healthcare visits – including prevention

screenings. Providers still face challenges when it comes to accommodating a backlog of

postponed appointments, so implementing digital tools allows providers to prepare for the

increased demand for these prevention appointments.

Reduced no-shows

Getting patient's prevention screenings for breast cancer is critical for early detection and

survival rates. Digital tools like Rhinogram allow patients to virtually request, schedule, and reschedule their appointments – from wherever they are, at their convenience. This not only

alleviates challenges for providers, but no-shows become virtually non-existent. Most

importantly, providers utilizing virtual care platforms means more patients receive the

screenings they need.

Automating communication

The healthcare industry continues to be saddled with staffing shortages, impacting many

aspects of the patient experience. For patient care and safety to remain the number one

priority, we must look towards lessening burdens on healthcare staff. Providers must be able to

direct critical resources to patients in need, in a timely manner. Rhinogram allows providers and

staff to use smart routing to send messages for routine communication. These responses can

be automated and set up for many things, including appointment reminders, prescription refills,

and even scheduled prompts based on a patient’s date of birth to remind them to schedule

their breast cancer prevention screening. Additionally, with Rhinogram, providers can

effortlessly send important materials – including breast cancer self-exam lists and other

supporting documents – to multiple patients at the same time through templated responses

and email blasts.

Rhinogram allows healthcare providers to engage patients at every step of their journey while

removing burdens on the provider. Interested in learning more about using Rhinogram for

breast cancer screenings? Request a demo.

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