Demand for qualified Hematologists is quickly outpacing the supply. Medical students today often co-specialize in Hematology and Oncology (“hem-onc”); however, this only provides them with a broad education across the specialties when both are highly complicated fields.
Patients with complex blood disorders need to be examined by a trained specialist with expertise in their condition. Estimates show that 30-60% of patients seeking cancer treatment also have benign hematologic disorders, yet only 5% of students who complete their fellowship in hematology go on to practice in the field.
The current shortage of hematologists is only getting worse, but telemedicine offers patients the peace of mind that even if their local hospital isn’t able to recruit a full-time hematologist, they can still access the high-quality care they deserve.
What conditions can a Tele-Hematologist treat?
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Auto-Immune disorders
- Chemotherapy or Transfusion complications
- Other blood-related disorders
What type of care can the Tele-Hematologist provide?
- Perform a full physical exam with the on-site nurse
- Identify specialty-related diseases
- Manage chronic diseases
- Direct necessary follow-up care
- Discuss diagnosis and treatment directly with the patient