Navigation Links
UC Davis nursing school hopes to improve care for cancer patients with social network
Date:3/14/2014

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Several chemotherapy patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will be invited to use tablets with a unique social networking tool as part of their treatment plan. Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hope to prove that mobile health technology improves the care experience for patients as well as the quality of care while also reducing cost.

The project is part of a two-year, $199,854 grant from the McKesson Foundation and its national Mobilizing for Health Initiative. Research on mobile health technology in cancer care is new, said Jill Joseph, the associate dean for research at the nursing school. Other cancer-related mobile applications are available, but are limited to education and awareness and don't provide disease management tools or real-time communication.

"We have ample evidence that cancer patients often receive fragmented care, experience significant distress, and may needlessly require care in emergency departments or inpatient settings, particularly during chemotherapy," Joseph said. "Little research and development has focused on providing novel technologies to support cancer care coordination."

Participating patients will use a tablet device, such as a Google Nexus or iPad, to connect to their unique and private Personal Health Network that includes a nurse coordinator who manages the their care along with family, caregivers, clinicians and other desired partners. These people can connect with one another through real-time messaging, video and audio components as well as schedule appointments, assign tasks, store and track information and more.

A nurse coordinator is assigned to support each chemotherapy patient who uses the mobile application. This coordinator monitors the patient's care plan, triages issues and communicates with caregivers. Unlike electronic health records and other information systems common in hospitals, the social networking platform allows patients, their families and caregivers to not only access information but communicate with another and make decisions about care and health management.

"This is a new tool designed with the patient and family at the center of care," said Katherine Kim, a recent doctoral graduate of the UC Davis nursing school who is now a visiting faculty member and project director.

For example, a chemotherapy patient might message her nurse coordinator that she's not doing well that day, and feels nauseous and anxious. The nurse can then communicate with the patient to further assess the situation, communicate with other caregivers, and work with the patient to address the issues or take other steps such as reschedule appointments or review current medications.

Developed by private technology partner Tiatros, the social networking platform is different from other social media sites, like Facebook and LinkedIn, because it complies with health privacy laws and operates securely.

"I'm excited about bringing nursing research into the Cancer Center. I'm especially excited for our patients to have an opportunity to be part of this project," said Kerri Stuart, a nurse manager at the Cancer Center. "Learning you have cancer is overwhelming and the thought of chemotherapy is often terrifying. This is a tool that empowers patients and provides access to information when they need it, not just when the clinic is open."

Research team members will interview patients after they have used the program for six months to determine how their health, the delivery of care and their need for emergency or inpatient care was affected. The team includes nursing faculty from the School of Nursing as well as oncology nurses, social workers, and physicians from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The study is the first funded project resulting from the development of the UC Davis Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group, a multidisciplinary team of experts who hope to develop technology-enabled solutions that improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of cancer care.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jenny Carrick
jennette.carrick@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-2543
University of California - Davis Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Engage3 Launches Holiday Drive in Davis, CA
2. California College of Ayurveda Announces the Publication of New Research In Collaboration with UC Davis Dermatology Department on the Herb Gotu Kola
3. UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement funds states first Blue Button project
4. UC Davis Children's Hospital Offers Access to Pediatric Subspecialty Care for Rural Newborns With PEANUT Program
5. Davis Law Group, P.S., Announces American Family Insurance Ordered to Pay $1.2 Million to Brain Injury Victim after Denying Claim
6. Gun retailers strongly support expanded criteria for denying gun purchases, UC Davis survey finds
7. UC Davis Researchers Find How Viral Infection Disrupts Neural Development in Offspring, Increasing Risk of Autism
8. Novel Vaccine Approach to Human Cytomegalovirus Found Effective Says UC Davis Study
9. UC Davis study applies timely cost-effectiveness analysis to state breast cancer screening program
10. CareClix Provides Telemedicine Services to Leading Provider of Warehouse and Shipping Services, Davis Storage of Danville, Virginia
11. UC Davis Children's Hospital Saves the Life of 14-year-old Bishop, Calif. Teen Infected with Hantavirus
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced ... was set up in 2006 as a non-profit organization to unite pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Affordable Care Act. Dr. Botelho advocates for the mass media launching of story ... people ongoing opportunities to share their unfortunate experiences; such a movement can generate ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... that serve communities in and around the greater Phoenix metropolitan region, is announcing ... Connection. , The mission of the Homeless Youth Connection is to promote community ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... OF PRUSSIA, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... clinical trials with the announcement that it is one of the early adopters completing ... Privacy Shield Framework is designed to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... wrinkles and deep lines by smoothing and tightening the skin of the face ... there to address facial aging with very little downtime, Silhouette Instalift is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... December 8, 2016 Information products and services ... in Scopus , the world,s largest abstract and citation ... comprehensive metrics for journals from over 5,000 publishers. The new set ... to subscribe to and when to adjust a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 Dignitana, a world leader ... with Boa® Technology, creator of the award-winning, patented Boa® ... use with the DigniCap® scalp cooling system. DigniCap® was ... December 2015, and is the first medical scalp cooling ... scalp cooling system features a patented tight-fitting silicone cooling ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... India , December 8, 2016 ... report "Sugar-Based Excipients Market by Product (Actual Sugars, ... Functionality (Filler & Diluent, Tonicity Agents), Formulation (Oral, ... by MarketsandMarkets, the market has witnessed healthy growth ... grow at a CAGR of 4.3% between 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: