The smart application of healthcare technology is critical to our fight in advancing the science of cancer care and rewarding high-quality, evidence-based care. We’ve invested in the development of systems and tools for:
• Application and measurement of evidence-based medicine
• Benchmarking and reporting of quality standards
• Measurement of patient clinical outcomes
• Clinical trial matching
• Nationwide physician collaboration
Measuring Evidence-Based Medicine
We believe in the power of technology to advance healthcare at the practice level. Our healthcare technology assets, including iKnowMedTM and the Level I Pathways Web Portal, empower physicians to benchmark performance, measure outcomes, and report on Level I Pathways:
Physician performance benchmarking decreases unnecessary treatment variation, increases clinical quality and reduces the cost of care.
Measurement and reporting enable The Network to effectively collaborate with payers on quality initiatives.
We created Healthcare Informatics to help physicians in The Network report, analyze and study clinical data. This group includes pharmacists, oncology nurses, outcomes researchers, clinical data analysts and statisticians.
Healthcare Informatics works with physicians in The Network to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals and present posters at national and international oncology conferences. Among our most important recent publications was a joint study conducted with Aetna in the January 2010 peer-reviewed Journal of Oncology Practice. The study demonstrated that the use of our Level I Pathway for non-small cell lung cancer resulted in 35% lower costs with equivalent health outcomes.
Driving Quality through Electronic Health Record Technology
iKnowMedTM is a top-ranked Web-based oncology-specific electronic health record (EHR) solution developed by oncologists to meet the unique needs of oncology practices and cancer patients — including detailed cancer content, point-of-care decision support, extensive regimen library and clinical trials support.
iKnowMed is customized to improve community-based cancer care and has earned Complete EHR Certification for use by customers demonstrating Stage I Meaningful Use. From ensuring that the system supports the application and measurement of Level I Pathways to developing a quality reporting system, iKnowMed’s development has been driven by the physicians who use it.
After the staging and diagnosis process is complete, iKnowMed automatically screens new patients for potential clinical trial eligibility. This helps physicians using iKnowMed increase patient participation in open clinical trials at their practice. It also assists with selection of the appropriate treatment regimen at the point of care.
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1 iKnowMed EHR version 6.3 was certified on June 30, 2011. Certification ID number 06302011‐8844‐1for Clinical Quality Measures: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0385, NQF0387, NQF0389, and NQF0421. Additional software relied upon to certify: RelayHealth and Email.
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.