Case study

Vision shared by vendor, institution saves tumor board preparation time and standardizes workflow across meetings

Case study

Vision shared by vendor, institution saves tumor board preparation time and standardizes workflow across meetings

University of Missouri Health Care

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center of University of Missouri (MU) Health Care has been dedicated to providing comprehensive cancer care from screening to diagnosis since its founding in 1940. At MU, physician specialists and other clinicians commit to providing the latest treatments and technologies to improve patient care.

MU has accelerated the digitalization of its clinical practices to capture as much information as possible, as its electronic health record (EHR) does not aid logistics nor provide intelligent clinical decision support at tumor board conferences.

Problem

Ten subspecialty tumor boards relied on legacy technologies and data from disparate sources, manually searched and added to PowerPoint presentations. Residents spent up to six hours a week preparing for each conference.1 MU needed an improved, electronic process to coordinate tumor board conferences and a streamlined method by which to pull and visualize data from diverse sources.

Solution

MU onboarded NAVIFY® Tumor Board for four conferences in quick succession. MU’s Cerner EHR was integrated to automate preparation and presentation.

Results

  • Participants have access to key patient data and assets (e.g., images) and can submit patient cases weeks in advance of tumor board meetings.
  • Users report a streamlined process and time savings.
  • Some manual data entry has been eliminated. Presentations are in one place, in timeline order, for review.
  • Additional MU tumor boards plan to adopt NAVIFY Tumor Board.

To make the best treatment decision, we have to apply the latest medical knowledge to a patient’s medical history, personal preferences and circumstances, test results, images, reports, and other information. NAVIFY [Decision Support portfolio] elevates our efficiency and confidence by aggregating these resources.

Richard Hammer, MD
Vice-Chair of Pathology, University of Missouri

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  1. Albert, C. (2019) ‘Virtual tumor board platforms: a game changer for cancer case review’, Cap Today, January.