Cancer Treatment Centres of America (CTCA), in collaboration with Allscripts and Nant Health, is implementing the Clinical Pathways program in all its five CTA hospital locations. This technical solution allows the integration of eviti solution with Allscripts Sunrise EHR. The program will help inform and advance cancer treatment process without interfering with the clinician’s workflow. Physicians will have real-time access to unbiased Evidence-Based Medical Library with over 2,700 evidence-based regimens and complimentary therapies for all cancers, and this will eliminate any potential guesswork by the physician. Each regimen on the database incorporates the evidence level, outcome, cost of treatment, response rate, toxicity, supporting clinical data, and up to date guidelines. As such, the physician will be confident while selecting the clinically appropriate treatment specific to the patient’s health and disease state. This comprehensive treatment platform will also enable efficient communication with all key stakeholders from prognosis to diagnosis to treatment. Physicians in collaboration with their patients can discuss and compare treatment options thus providing patients with increased confidence for their chosen treatment. Clinical Pathways aims to improve the quality of care by increasing transparency on the selection of care. Clinical Pathways also provides supporting clinical data for treatment regimens to insurance providers, and this can expedite approval to cover the cost of treatment.
Background of CTCA
As stated on WebMD, CTCA is a network of five high-tech cancer centres through America that serve adult cancer patients. After her mother’s battle with cancer, Richard J Stephenson established the centre in the year 1988. He was dissatisfied with the treatment options availed to his mother, and thus he opened the first CTCA hospital in Zion, Illinois in 1988. Between 2005 and 2012, four hospitals were opened in four more locations namely: Tulsa, Philadelphia, Arizona, and Georgia.
CTCA offers an individualized care plan for their patients. They adopted an integrative approach to cancer treatment which is implemented by its cancer specialists who utilize leading-edge skills and advanced treatments to provide custom-made and holistic care. The integrative methodology incorporates conventional methods such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy with well-versed, supportive remedies to manage cancer-related side effects such nausea, fatigue, malnutrition, depression, and anxiety.
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