Tech company’s app brings docs info on patients, treatment options

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is using a mobile app that gives mobile physicians secure access to detailed patient information.

The just-released app enables physicians to access patient records, structured clinical information, potential therapies, relevant clinical trial options, and it also gives a view of patients’ molecular alterations. The app is available to all ordering physicians and is not exclusive to Northwestern.

“As an oncologist, I spend most of my time traveling between patients in a busy clinic,” says Shikha Jain, MD, a hematologist and oncologist at Chicago-based Northwestern’s Robert Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This app is easy to navigate and puts my patients’ pertinent information at my fingertips, allowing me to quickly access and review the results immediately prior to walking into the room, and share the results with the patient.”

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The mobile app, called Tempus Labs, comes from precision medicine vendor Tempus and is available on the App Store and Google Play after it was tried in pilot tests.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Physicians can get the app if they order at least one of Tempus’ validated assays—these include xT, which analyzes 595 genes; xO, which analyzes 1,714 genes; and xE, which analyzes the entire exome. Tempus Labs also offers genomic sequencing services and analyzes molecular and therapeutic data to help doctors and researchers make real-time, data-driven decisions.

Tempus is developing partnerships with leading academic medical centers and NCI-designated cancer centers, hospital networks and community physicians across the United States.

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