At the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), patients review safe treatment options with their doctor now, using the new Clinical Pathways program. Oncologists can review the evolving cancer therapy data included in the program, which is a custom solution that enables eviti’s clinical decision support program to access Allscripts Sunrise electronic health record’s data. NantOS, the interface used by physicians, creates custom treatment plans, along with supporting clinical data. Patients can compare treatment regimens, including how each treatment is likely to affect their quality of life, the toxicity of the treatment and the response rates while accessing the portal. All five of the CTCA hospital locations are using Clinical Pathways to make patients partners in their cancer treatment.
Cancer patients choose CTCA for their integrated approach, which combines traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy, and therapies that improve their patient’s quality of life while undergoing treatments with side effects, such as depression, fatigue and pain. Instead of a person traveling to visit various clinicians, such as an oncologist and a chiropractor, CTCA’s doctors and clinicians operate under one roof, making it easy for patients to have a multidisciplinary team to meet their specific needs.
With their patient-centered approach, CTCA involves family in the decisions about treatment, focusing on quality of life in addition to survival rates. CTCA employs Oncology Information Specialists, who are available 24 hours a day, to help people decide if CTCA is the right choice for their treatment or for a second opinion. Knowing that a cancer diagnosis is stressful, CTCA makes it easy for individuals to discover information about specific cancer treatments and outcomes before making a final decision about becoming a patient.