Navigation Links
Electronic Health Record Advances Patient-Centered Cancer Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Date:2/11/2009

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.

"We view healthcare IT as a key enabler in our ongoing pursuit to improve the lives of the patients we serve. We are committed to promoting a clinical culture that maximizes the value of EHRs to benefit patient care."

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.

"Our vision is very simple - all IT applications and medical equipment will be integrated through the Internet Protocol (IP) backbone," said Chad Eckes, chief information officer at CTCA. "This level of automation allows all clinicians access to the patient's information, when and where they need it. Our vision also extends externally to include personal health records, integration with external physicians, and interaction with providers."

Across the growing network of CTCA hospitals, electronic health record utilization is part of a culture of continuous process improvement that focuses on the individual needs of cancer patients and their families, including quality care and safety, operational and communications efficiency, and data collection and analysis. CTCA is also using the EHR system to improve clinical care as well as patient satisfaction. CTCA tracks patient satisfaction using the Net Promoter Score (NPS) methodology, among other measures. On average, more than 90 percent of cancer patients treating at one of its hospitals are willing to refer another patient to a CTCA hospital.

"At CTCA, doctors and other clinicians had my information right at hand," said Cindy Nelson, a resident of Prescott, Ariz., who travels to Western for treatment. "The admissions process was not drawn out, and I didn't feel the stress and anxiety associated with long wait times for test results and treatment plans."

"Western is part of a small population reaching a fully electronic health record," said David Veillette, president and CEO of CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center. "The EHR is one part of our comprehensive IT platform designed to maximize patient care. Cancer patients will benefit from greater efficiency created by real-time access to patient data, better communication across departments, faster development of treatment plans, fewer transcription errors, reduced turnaround times for lab orders and results, and more."

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R)

Founded in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment model that fully integrates traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically supported complementary therapies such as nutrition, naturopathic medicine, psychological counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support to meet the special, whole-person needs of advanced stage cancer patients. With a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs in Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Washington, CTCA encourages patients and their families to participate in treatment decisions with its Patient Empowerment Medicine(SM) model. For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, go to cancercenter.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Electronic Health Record Advances Patient-Centered Cancer Care
2. Clinicians override most electronic medication safety alerts
3. Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates Electronic Health Records for Every American by 2014 - With No Opt-out Provision
4. Sparta Systems to Address Critical Electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR) Concerns with Free Webinar
5. Penn study shows how electronic medical records can be used to test drug efficacy
6. How to Select an Electronic Health Record System That Healthcare Professionals Can Use
7. Consumer Watchdog to Google: Publicly Disclose Your Lobbying Positions on Electronic Medical Record Provisions in Stimulus Bill
8. Allscripts Survey of Healthcare Professionals Demonstrates Potential Impact of Economic Stimulus Plan on Electronic Health Record Adoption
9. Speed eClaim Helps National Dental Insurer United Concordia Process Claims Quickly, Efficiently and Electronically
10. Electronic Health Records: The Time is Now
11. Availity Enables Real-Time Electronic TRICARE Transactions with Humana Military Healthcare Services in Three Southern States
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Research has shown that building shame resilience ... and level of relapse. , At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, the ... the critical tasks of the recovery phase and beyond including relapse prevention and ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Love is in the ... a variety of colors, assortments and packaging. This staple for Valentine’s Day is a ... location. , For Valentine’s Day, not only are long-stem roses available, but also ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... City, UT (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... Whole-Food Nutrition , announced that the much-anticipated feature with author Jahnavi Foster, specialist in ... Humans Amateur TV Network. , Each week, on his weekly Whole-Food Warrior TV show, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The event is being held ... Event Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Triumph Over Parkinson’s will fund nearly $100,000 for research ... Schneiderman’s Furniture, lives with Parkinson’s disease and is the architect of this informative event ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, ... ... are pleased to announce the addition of micro-needling services in their Napa Valley ... appearance. The founders of Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, ... ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015, provides ... This report provides comprehensive information on the ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL ), a leading provider of ... announced results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ... --> GAAP results: Revenue for the fourth quarter ... 4.1% from the third quarter of 2015, and up ... 2014. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015 was ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC ... selective investigational kinase medicines for patients with genomically ... board of directors of Lonnel Coats , ... of industry-related experience. Jeffrey Albers ... strong strategic experience developing and commercializing numerous oncology ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: