Earlier this year, Varian introduced the 360 Oncology™ care management platform, the first software system designed to integrate and coordinate key elements of cancer care so patients and their cancer teams can collaborate on achieving the best outcomes. In a single platform, 360 Oncology brings together radiation, medical and surgical oncology, social services, primary care physicians, as well as the patient, to facilitate true collaborative and coordinated care.
"Historically, cancer care teams have been challenged in trying to pull together all the relevant health information across disparate systems and specialists to make the best decisions regarding care," said Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "With 360 Oncology, Varian is leveraging its expertise to deliver a solution that supports the unique interoperability needs and workflows of cancer treatment centers and oncology practices, and allows efficient data driven decision making that also engages the patient in determining the best care plan."
360 Oncology offers several key features to present a dashboard view of clinical and operational data to simplify care coordination, increase patient engagement and enable more informed decisions.
The increasing complexity of cancer care requires close coordination and data sharing among members of the care team. To simplify this process, 360 Oncology provides a clinician portal that enables care team members to easily communicate with each other. In addition the platform allows the team to access and share data in electronic medical records (EMRs), in oncology information systems for both radiation and medical oncology, and in other point-of-care solutions, such as PACS and lab systems, to achieve a full 360-degree view of patient data.
"I've been serving patients for over 30 years; 360 Oncology is more than a tool; it's a game changer in care coordination that will revolutionize how we deliver patient care," said Tim Ochran, chief administrative officer, Hospitals & Clinics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHCT). "When my team saw 360 Oncology, we were amazed because each of us had a different idea of how this software would help solve an issue for us. Not only will it allow us to do things we've never done before, but it will improve and streamline processes we already have in place to ensure that we meet our goal of providing our patients with the highest quality, evidence-based care plan and best outcome possible.
"For example, we already have a referral management practice in place, but often referrals get lost because we have patient information located in many different places. With 360 Oncology, everyone on the patient's team will be able to access all the patient's information digitally at the same time and in the same place."
To increase engagement between patients and care teams, and to improve the overall experience, 360 Oncology offers a customized oncology patient portal on desktop and mobile platforms that provides patients with easy access to essential information such as an appointment calendar with reminders, care team contact information, links to care resources, and secure communication with their care teams. The software also enables the team to easily gather patient-reported outcomes and experiences via surveys to quickly evaluate treatment progress and identify potential changes.
"We anticipate that 360 Oncology will also improve our connection with patients by providing a cutting-edge patient engagement and survivorship module that integrates patients and care givers into one team while helping us improve care for our growing population of cancer survivors," said Ochran.
"By allowing us to focus on the whole patient rather than on data gathering, the software will improve our multidisciplinary treatment planning conferences, and team members will be able to collaborate even if they are in different states. We are eagerly anticipating the implementation of this software solution in the coming months. I think the 360 Oncology software solution will exceed our expectations and transform our patient care from diagnosis to survivorship," Ochran added.
Providing the opportunity for the care team to improve results via data-driven decisions, 360 Oncology includes several features such as a web-based multidisciplinary tumor board module that integrates all the relevant patient records, lab reports, diagnostic images, and treatment team recordkeeping tools. "Varian's 360 Oncology helps us achieve our goals, by enabling the multidisciplinary teams to communicate more effectively," said Matt Hickey, director of clinical strategy at GenesisCare UK. "With 360 Oncology we can remotely monitor and communicate with our patients, during and beyond treatment; and the platform helps us aggregate outcome data from different sources. This provides us with timely aids to support proactive decision making, all the while keeping the patient engaged and better informed. Ultimately we now have more control on whether we achieve an appropriate outcome, even after the patient has finished treatment with us."
To learn more about 360 Oncology, visit the website.