Proactive Patient Tracking

Carrie Tompkins Stricker, PhD, RN, who is the chief clinical officer and co-founder, Carevive Systems, Inc. in Miami, FL, said new technology can actually save oncologists time and allow them to spend more time with their patients. Carevive Systems provides real-time data for analytics, reporting, and proactive patient tracking. It also tracks compliance and allows clinicians to monitor patient referrals and outcomes.

“We deliver personalized assistance to patients and families through all phases of the cancer journey to help overcome health system and community barriers,” Stricker told Cancer Therapy Advisor.

Madelyn Trupkin Herzfeld, who is CEO of Carevive Systems, said the full potential of how new technology can improve patient care is yet to be realized. She said many health systems are just getting comfortable with moving from paper to their EMR (electronic medical records), and data migration and workflow is still a work-in-progress.

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“But the plumbing is in place for health systems to start to harness information to drive better treatment decisions and better manage patients throughout their course of care,” Herzfeld told Cancer Therapy Advisor. “By tracking patient-reported symptoms and declining performance status, predictive analytic models can be applied to understand when patients are at risk for hospitalizations, and early interventions can be employed.”

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