Web-based reporting in the outpatient community setting is not only feasible, but it can identify areas that need quality improvement initiatives, according to J. Russell Hoverman, MD, PhD, Vice President of Quality Programs, Texas Oncology, PA, Dallas.
Aggregated real-time data provide the tools to rapidly identify opportunities for the improvement of delivered services and for the initiation of quality improvement projects. Enhanced information technology capabilities, such as the iRiS software app, are foundational for practice transformation to future value-based cancer care models, according to John D. Sprandio, Sr, MD, Chief Physician, Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology (CMOH), Drexel Hill, PA.
Screening for cancer is suboptimal among some immigrant populations, especially those whose primary care physicians are trained in foreign countries, according to results of a new study of primary care practices in Canada; specifically, women from South Asia whose family physicians were trained in South Asia were less likely to be screened for cervical cancer than nonimmigrant women whose physicians were not immigrants.
Boston, MA—A study involving a series of focus groups at a community cancer center has identified several barriers to quality lung cancer care. Troubles with navigating the healthcare system and understanding the illness and treatment were the most common barriers. The study was presented at the 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium.
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