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Cancer patients face many obstacles and challenges after being diagnosed with cancer. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals’ Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) has effectively eliminated transportation as a barrier to care for patients receiving cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. SKCC dedicates a full-time patient navigator to assess and connect patients with appropriate transportation resources based on location, insurance coverage, and mobility. The utilization of patient-focused transportation platforms, such as Uber Health, RoundTrip, and Ride Health have streamlined the process, while SKCC philanthropic funds have assisted with associated financial costs. As a result of these resources, oncology patients who would have ordinarily missed appointments due to lack of transportation are now more independent and compliant with cancer treatment.
cancer barriers, access to care, transportation, technology, philanthropy, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Medicine and Health Sciences | Oncology
Cammy, MSW, LCSW, Rebecca; Sandos, MSW, LCSW, Jodi; and Chapman, BS, Stephanie, "Breaking the Transportation Barrier: Enhancing Access to Cancer Treatment through Technology and Philanthropy" (2019). Department of Medical Oncology Posters. 8.