This electronic medical record (EMR) will not only be in the radiation oncology department, but will be throughout the building allowing physicians and their staffs to be inter-connected. "By sharing the same information, we should be able to optimize communication and processes between the different disciplines involved in an individual's care," says Dr. Hoffman. "In addition, technology also will be used to make the patient's experience more comfortable and personal. We have installed a JCI (Johnson Controls) Ambient Experience allowing patients to control video images, music, lighting and temperature during their radiation treatment."
The Center will be home to a cancer resource center, where patients will be able to research information with the help of a medical librarian and trained volunteers, as well as a pharmacy and a personal appearance center. It also will house the Sheri and Roy P. Disney Center for Integrative Medicine where patients will be able to explore complementary therapies like acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, meditation and tai chi, along with traditional treatment.
A great deal of emphasis also will be on the program's survivorship program which will help both patients and their families heal from their diagnosis and get some semblance of normalcy back in their lives. Additionally, the Center is collaborating with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and its medical group to establish an Adolescent and Young Adult program which will benefit both survivors of pediatric malignancies and patients diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 35 by providing services and treatment regimens specific to their needs.
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