Dana-Farber live on Philips oncology research platform

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In 2018, Philips Healthcare joined with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to incorporate the institute’s clinical pathways in the Philips IntelliSpace Oncology Platform.

A little more than a year later, the platform is live and aiding the expertise of more than 300 oncologists, scientists, pharmacists and informatics professionals.

The technology is expected to help oncologists efficiently reach the most appropriate cancer treatments for patients, based on a unified view of the patient across diagnostic modalities.

“The Dana-Farber platform enables busy oncologists to function as efficiently as possible by providing at-their-fingertips access to predetermined treatment recommendations based on review of the most recent data by their peers,” says Joseph Jacobson, MD, chief quality officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The platform is accessible to a busy practice and guides physicians to recommended treatments in a visually intuitive way and offers one-click access to supporting literature while further creating a regimen-specific consent form, Jacobson notes.

“Of equal importance, the platform facilitates the selection of off-pathway choices when the on-pathway recommendation is not the best option for the patient,” Jacobson adds.

Here are more health IT contract wins and go-lives reported during the past week.

  • Valued Medical Care, one of New Mexico’s newest surgical practices, has chosen CareCloud as its electronic health record vendor, with modules to support revenue cycle management and patient experience management, which includes technology to enable patients to connect with the practice before, during and after an office visit. “Our goal is to give our patients the best care possible and to make working with us a great experience for them with no paperwork, no waiting and a smooth process every step of the way,” says Victor Cruz, MD, founder of the practice.


  • Delaware Health Information Network and Quest Diagnostics have been working together for some time, and the network now has extended Quest’s participation as a data provider in Delaware, submitting lab results and clinical data to DHIN. With the new agreement, Quest results will be available to healthcare practitioners statewide through DHIN delivery channels and the Community Health Record’s searchable patient catalog, with the goal to give doctors more actionable information to improve outcomes. Formed in 2007, the Delaware network now offers nearly 20 services.


  • Cerner has signed contracts with three more critical access facilities—Eastland Memorial Hospital, Dawhuska Hospital, and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. “These clients represent Cerner’s continued commitment to healthcare innovation, no matter the size or location of the hospital,” says Mitchell Clark, president of Cerner’s Community Works division.


  • University of Michigan Health has reduced its time to treat stroke from 53 minutes to 29 minutes. The organization is using the Vocera communication application on smartphones and computers to help caregivers and staff more easily connect and collaborate with emergency medical services, neurology, radiology, nursing, the laboratory and pharmacy.

Before an ambulance arrives at the emergency department, the right people have already been activated, and life-saving medications are available. The quicker responses are especially critical to stroke patients, says Dillon Fassett, process improvement coordinator at the stroke center. “The reduction in our door-to-needle time translates roughly to 48 million brain cells being saved. Door- to- groin time also sped up, from 114 to 84 minutes.”

  • Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, Mich., has installed Siemens’ Symbia Intevo nuclear medicine equipment. Physicians now can offer advanced and non-invasive Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Computed Tomography CT imaging services. The technology enables the quantification of molecular processes in the body, may assist with earlier modification of patient treatment, and allows for lower radiation exposure. Schoolcraft Memorial CEO Bob Crumb anticipates the imaging system also will help to increase the number of patients who can take advantage of the imaging services.
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