2016 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

An Update on CancerLinQ—ASCO’s “Big-Data” Cancer Database

CancerLinQ is a powerful database containing vast amounts of usable, searchable, real-world cancer information, created by oncologists, for oncologists, to improve the quality of patient care. A national initiative inspired and informed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), CancerLinQ was designed to contribute to high-quality, personalized cancer care [ Read More ]

Secondary Pathology Review Improves Clinical Outcomes

Secondary pathology review can significantly improve clinical outcomes through precise and accurate pathologic diagnoses, according to Lavinia P. Middleton, MD. “Accurate pathological diagnoses have become a high priority in cancer diagnosis,” said Middleton, Professor, Department of Pathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Increasing costs [ Read More ]

Improving Value by Understanding Total Cost of Cancer Care

Aggressive cancer treatments, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospital admissions at the end of life are major cost drivers. The use of cost data to inform infrastructure investments can help cancer centers to move toward value-based payment models, improve end-of-life planning, and reduce futile care, according to Kerin Adelson, MD.The [ Read More ]

How Do We Measure Quality in the Age of Precision Medicine?

Assessing quality in the age of precision medicine can be challenging for stakeholders. In a session at the 2016 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, experts from an array of fields presented their perspectives on the unique opportunities and hurdles faced by different parties and their advice for assessing quality in this [ Read More ]

Data Drive Quality Improvement in an Oncology Patient-Centered Medical Home

Aggregated real-time data provide the tools to rapidly identify opportunities for improvement of delivered services and initiation of quality improvement projects. Enhanced IT capabilities like the iRiS software app are foundational for practice transformation to future value-based cancer care models, according to John Sprandio, MD, Medical Oncologist and Chief Physician [ Read More ]

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