Within the colorectal area, i.e., colon, rectal and anal cancer, multidisciplinary rounds have been carried out for a long time. The rounds engage pathologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, contact nurses, and all patients from Umeå and Skellefteå are brought up on the round. Since 2009, it is possible to join the round remotely which is used frequently by participants from the hospitals in Skellefteå and Östersund. Thanks to these joint conferences, all patients are given the same conditions for treatment decisions, regardless of their place of residence. In addition to the equality perspective, an advantage of these rounds is that the patient is evaluated simultaneously by all relevant medical disciplines and is fully investigated be-fore the decision on treatment or surgery is made.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.