The importance of workflow in cancer centers and university hospitals

Giovanni Pellacani, MD of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy, explores the importance of building up a consistent workflow in cancer centers and university hospitals for imaging techniques for skin cancer. Imaging patients earlier on in their cancer (early detection), as well as correctly managing cancer patients, can significantly influence workflow. He believes that in order to systematically detect which patients are more at risk, use of new technologies such as total body photography and confocal microscopy, should be applied in order to get the highest benefit for the patient, as well as the general system. Such methods would enable the center to save money as well as save a greater number of lives. Finally, he explains that if they actually wanted to reach that target, education surrounding the cancer needs to be considered. Doctors, the general population and the institution should all be very well informed in the matter in order to more easily implement the system, resulting in a greater overall benefit for the rest of society. Recorded at the 2016 World Congress on Cancers of the Skin (WCCS) and the Congress of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology (EADO) in Vienna, Austria.

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