Nova Scotia Well being is adopting a brand new know-how aimed toward streamlining look after most cancers sufferers.
Much like the lately introduced One Individual One File, the brand new Oncology Transformation Challenge (OTP) is bringing collectively key oncology data techniques to create a single entry level for most cancers sufferers and their care groups.
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“That is revolutionary,” stated Dr. Bruce Colwell, an oncologist with Most cancers Care Nova Scotia.
“That is actually going to make an enormous distinction. I spend an inordinate period of time doing paperwork and we’re going to eliminate paper.”
OTP is a technique to modernize most cancers care and permit for real-time communication between most cancers centres in addition to sufferers and their care groups. Along with being a communication software, the system can even present knowledge analytics which can assist to boost most cancers remedy.
“We don’t have good knowledge proper now in any respect,” Colwell stated.
“We don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to how a lot drug wastage we’ve, how properly the remedies are working. This provides us oncology-specific knowledge which is nowhere in any of the EMRs [Electronic Medical Records].”
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The system is touted as revolutionary for rural care, with the affected person portal giving sufferers extra entry to their care workforce and serving to scale back pointless journey.
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“The affected person will really feel this and can really feel this in an impactful method,” stated Dr. Amanda Caissie, interim head of radiation oncology.
Caissie stated the system will allow sufferers to entry their care workforce in a seamless method virtually 24/7, and hopefully stop emergency room visits as a result of sufferers will likely be ready “to speak their signs earlier and get the care they want earlier than they current too late.”
Nova Scotia has among the many highest most cancers incidence charges within the nation and, in keeping with Caissie, the province additionally has one of many worst most cancers demise charges within the nation. She stated that this new know-how will assist monitor and analyze how affected person care could be improved.
“It’s not simply an digital software,” Caissie stated.
“It’s a software that’s going to assist us change the way in which we ship most cancers care and enhance outcomes for sufferers.”
“I hope sometime we’ll be capable to current that these outcomes for most cancers sufferers aren’t the worst within the nation, that they’re one of the best within the nation.”
The know-how is being created by Varian, a world chief in oncology know-how. The system will launch this spring, with an accelerated 12-month timeline to totally combine it. It’ll even be appropriate with One Affected person One File when that system launches.
The undertaking is essentially being funded by way of the operations of Nova Scotia Well being and the Most cancers Care program with the Province contributing $13-million to the Varian contract. To help the mixing of the system the QEII basis can be fundraising as a part of its $100 million We Are marketing campaign.
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