The Cancer Treatment Centers of America have entered into a collaboration with Allscripts and NantHealth. They have implemented a solution that will improve the information available regarding cancer treatments. This involves the integration of the Clinical Pathways program which contains the input of oncologists all over the nation.
According to Wikipedia, the system will show all of the appropriate treatments that are available. Any guesswork will be almost completely eliminated. Everything is customized with the CTCA standards of care so patients can choose from safe and efficient options. The Clinical Pathways system was designed to focus on the patients and has the latest treatments, complimentary therapies and a curated protocol list pertaining to diseases specific to the patients.
The options are available by tapping the screen and combines supportive therapies with clinical based evidence. The system is designed to meet the individual needs of each patient and improve the quality of their lives while they are receiving treatments for cancer. The guidelines also include adverse drug reactions and response rates.
Patients and the staff now have the ability to discuss the different treatment regimens available and what the best treatment would be for the patients particular situation. The data supporting the options is also easily available. Physicians now have access to a medical library containing more than 2,700 pieces of evidence based treatments and appropriate therapies. All cancers, modalities and subtypes are covered in the system.
The Cancer Treatment Centers Of America are based out of Boca Raton, Florida but operate on a national basis. They are a network of five profit based hospitals who serve patients with cancer all over the United States. They use conventional approaches including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery and radiation. They also offer therapies to help patients with pain, fatigue, malnutrition, anxiety, depression and lymphedema.
Richard Stephenson founded CTCA in honor of his mother after she passed away from cancer. He was dissatisfied with available treatment options so he opened the first CTCA location in 1988. The hospital was in Zion, Illinois and the other four locations opened between 2005 and 2012.
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