Losing his mother to bladder cancer prompted Richard J Stephenson to found a facility devoted to finding new and better cancer treatments. In 1975 an investment group founded by Stephenson acquired a hospital in Zion Illinois rechristening it American International Hospital. Ultimately, Stephenson’s vision would become the Cancer Institute of America.
CTCA’s five facilities: Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tulsa, the Atlanta area, and Chicago specialize in the treatment of cancer in adults. Accredited by the Joint Commission the Cancer Institute of America combines traditional and innovative treatments with education and family involvement to treat every aspect of cancer.
In February of this year, the Cancer Institute of America teamed with NanHealth and Allscripts to create Clinical Pathways. In effect, the Clinical Pathways computer database enables an oncologist to consult with hundreds of other oncologists. The system also houses a library of the most current cancer care data.
By listing all available treatments Clinical Pathways enables oncologists to make more informed treatment decisions.
The program makes it possible to create a treatment regimen that is tailored to the individual patient. The cost of treatment is factored into the treatment options. Mitigation of the negative consequences of cancer treatment on the patient’s quality of life is taken into account.
Other information provided by Clinical Pathways includes the most current guidelines drug side-effects and toxicity. All this information is provided in real-time.
The program contains a quality control component by ensuring greater uniformity of care. Most importantly, Clinical Pathways provides the patient with greater-peace-of-mind by assuring him/her that the best possible treatment option for them has been chosen. The time span from a request to begin treatment and the insurance carriers o.k. is shortened.