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Space Coast Cancer Center Selects Via Oncology™ Pathways to Advance Evidence-Based Cancer Care
Date:4/27/2010

Seven-Physician Oncology Practice in Florida to Use Via Oncology Pathways to Ensure the Best Treatment for Each Patient Based on State and Stage of Disease

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 27, 2010 -- Via Oncology™, a subsidiary of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), announced that Space Coast Cancer Center (SCCC), Titusville, Fla., has selected Via Oncology Pathways. The Pathways are evidence-based clinical algorithms that standardize best-practice cancer treatments, optimize patient outcomes, and promote efficient resource utilization. SCCC oncologists will use the Pathways Portal™, a Web-based application for real-time decision support, to apply the Pathways at the point of care and select and implement the best cancer treatment for each individual patient.

SCCC decided to implement pathways as a medically appropriate, dynamic and sustainable strategy to improve quality, decrease potential toxicity and side effects, and moderate the costs of cancer care. They considered four alternatives for pathways. SCCC determined that Via Oncology Pathways are the most consistent with their mission to provide the highest quality, evidence-based cancer care.

"We didn't see the other alternatives as true pathways leading to one best course of treatment but more like general guidelines," said Richard M. Levine, M.S., M.D., president, Space Coast Cancer Center (SCCC). "In addition, we have confidence in Via Oncology because it has a well-established process in place to update the Pathways on a regular basis, and it has safeguards to avoid pharmaceutical and external business influences."

"Now that healthcare reform is under way, the future belongs to those oncology groups that standardize treatment acco
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