Epic Systems (Verona, Wisc.) will integrate its oncology information systems with chemotherapy order templates created by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world's leading cancer centers.
The templates include information on chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens with literature support, supportive care agents, monitoring parameters, and safety instructions. This will be available to end users of the Epic system, which creates treatment plans based on standard protocols.
“NCCN is pleased to collaborate with Epic on this new offering which indeed benefits patients with cancer,” Robert W. Carlson, M.D., CEO of the NCCN, said in a statement. “Access to the templates within their EHR will assist physicians in ensuring that they are ordering the latest evidence-based chemotherapy regimens for their patients in both the academic and community settings.”
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.