Advanced Patient-Centered Cancer Care Goes Digital
Posted Feb 11 2009 3:49pm
In addition to the electronic medical records, an online chat and 24 hour phone line is available. This can certainly save patients having to bring all their test results from one place to another manually and the educational information could certainly prove to be helpful as well, as this is an area where patients are perhaps not always informed of what their treatment options are, and help explain what treatment plans involve.
A Patient Empowerment Medicine SM approach meansour doctorsoffer to educate and empower you and your caregivers to actively and meaningfully participate in your cancer care.
As a patient at CTCA, you will meet with amultidisciplinary team of cancer expertswho will explain the role their practice area can play in your treatment. Rather than telling you what you need, your care team will listen to you and provide clear, well-defined choices. Then, they will help you decide on a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. “
First all-digital cancer hospital enhances commitment to quality care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
GOODYEAR, Ariz., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has opened the nation's first all-digital cancer hospital in Goodyear, Ariz. The 213,000-square-foot facility is the fourth hospital in the steadily growing CTCA network.
CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) extends the comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system launched by CTCA last year. The CTCA EHR is designed specifically to support the unique patient-centered care model found only at CTCA hospitals. CTCA offers cancer patients a fully integrative cancer treatment experience that combines traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically supported complementary therapies.
"Western is the first cancer hospital in the nation to offer a fully digital environment," said Edgar D. Staren, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, senior vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer at CTCA. "Our other three hospitals in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia and Tulsa are rapidly approaching fully digital status as well.
Fully "wired" from the ground up, Western opened its doors in December with a fully electronic health record, all systems integrated into the core EHR, and all providers able to contribute to the continuity of care document. Those familiar with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics EMR Adoption Model(SM) will recognize the level of automation as "Stage 7" or all digital.