The launch of a new technological platform will help people who have been diagnosed with cancer, their families, and the doctors who care for them. The platform, called “Clinical Pathways” is the result of a partnership between Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), NantHealth, and Allscripts. The platform will help the doctors who care for patients with cancer access up-to date research data, compare care plans, and inform patients about various costs of treatment. The Clinical Pathways platform is designed to fit into clinicians various workflows in a way that does not disrupt, but only adds in valuable information. Because the field of cancer research is changing so rapidly, this technological innovation will help physicians tremendously because they will be connected to a wide network of oncologists, and an vast ammount of up-to-date data.
The project began in 2016, when CTCA, Allscripts, and NantHealth began designing a technological solution to the fragmented situation within oncology treatment facilities. The Clinical Pathways system ties everything together in a way that is transparent and benificial to doctors and patients alike.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America are a group of five hospitals that work together to support cancer research and ongoing treatment of patients. They are based in Baton Rouge, Florida, and the hospitals within the CTCA network are located in Atlanta, Tulsa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Chicago.
Within the CTCA network, the standard of care is to treat each cancer patient as a unique case. While evidence-based practice is important, CTCA believes that it needs to inform the treatment plan, rather than control it. By piecing together the data about other cases, a doctor and patient can come up with a care plan that fits the patients needs. The CTCA network specializes in adult patients, and combines chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and quality of life consideration into a treatment plan that the patient supports and is involved with.