Geography faculty awarded a 5-year R01 grant from the NCI to study impacts of telehealth in the U.S.

Dr. Fahui Wang, Cyril & Tutta Vetter Alumni Professor of Geography in the department, and Dr. Tracy Onega at the Huntsman Cancer Institute of University of Utah (co-PIs) were awarded an R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute with a total budget of $1.8 million over 5 years beginning Feb 1, 2022.  The research team also includes 3 scientists at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine (Dr. Anna Tosteson, Dr. Erica Moran and Ms. Jennifer- Alford-Teaster) as co-investigators.  The project, titled “Access, Utilization and Outcomes of Cancer Services in the Era of Telemedicine”, will investigate, on a national level

  • where and for whom telehealth has potential to improve cancer care access,
  • what patient, provider, or referral network factors are associated with actual telehealth use, 
  • how telehealth use in cancer care impacts outcomes, and 
  • when telehealth use is most likely to improve cancer care equity for rural areas, and the diverse populations within those areas.

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!