Better access to telemedicine oversight for chemotherapy infusions is available in Armour and Vermillion, South Dakota, and Worthington, Minnesota, through a grant awarded to Sanford Health.

The Sanford Virtual Infusion Project is designed for oncology patients exclusively treated by Sanford Hematology and Oncology.

“Rural and underserved populations have had an above average need for oncology care but limited access to immediate oncology expertise within their community,” said Sue Halbritter, a medical oncology specialist at Sanford Cancer Center. “

According to the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Plan (2011-2015), in the year 2010, cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in South Dakota.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D04RH2843, Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program, for the amount of $581,727.