The San partners with EpiSoft for integrated cancer centre

The Sydney Adventist Hospital (The San) has chosen EpiSoft's Cancer CareZone cloud-based clinical information system for the new Integrated Cancer Centre it is building as part of its $200 million redevelopment.

Sydney-based EpiSoft launched Cancer CareZone last year for the management of patients undergoing chemotherapy. EpiSoft and the San have worked together before on the development of an eAdmissions module that has been up and running for several years.

The Cancer CareZone clinical system has integrated practice management features including inpatient and outpatient billing, protocol-based appointment scheduling and day-of-visit patient flow, as well as over 400 evidence-based chemotherapy regimens pre-loaded.

It has an advanced protocol authoring module known as EpiSteme that allows clinicians to tailor cycles of care in line with their own treatment preferences for cancer and other cycle-based chronic illness.

It also has the option of a nurse administration chart and a pharmacy orders module for complete clinical management of patients in day infusion centres.

EpiSoft's marketing manager Aoife O’Sullivan said the company developed Cancer CareZone as an all-in-one solution to support day procedure centres providing care to patients with cancer.

“But certain practice management functions can be switched off to enable larger hospitals to use the product as a clinical departmental system integrated to the hospital’s [patient administration system] and other [electronic medical record] systems,” Ms O'Sullivan said.

Cancer CareZone has been in use at an infusion centre in Sydney for almost a year with several more sites, including The San, set to go live this year.

CareZone is a cloud-based product that is being used for a number of highly specialised areas of clinical management of patients with severe chronic illnesses. It is designed for use on any browser and any device.

The company also markets a Primary CareZone product for patients with mental health disorders and an alcohol and drug disorders clinical system designed to cover the information requirements defined by the Victorian Department of Human Services as part of its sector reform during 2014.

The alcohol and other drugs system includes a central intake function that manages client appointments, stratifies clients based on initial assessment of risk and refers them to an appropriate agency and treatment pathway for ongoing management. Drug and alcohol counsellors use the system to record episodes of care and measure outcomes of treatment.

The company also provides the technology for a colorectal cancer surveillance program, has been working with one of the specialist colleges on a new clinical audit system and has long worked with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research groups to manage patients with chronic disease and facilitate multi-party clinical trials.

EpiSoft co-founder Jenny O'Neill said customers of the CareZone product include private hospitals, private day procedure centres, specialised diagnostic clinics, Medicare Locals, community health centres, public hospital outpatient departments, and research institutions.

“We have had to rapidly mature the product to meet the many and varied requirements of such a broad customer base,” Ms O’Neill said. “Our vision when forming the company was to use the power of the cloud to develop and deploy functionally rich clinical applications at undreamed of economies of scale.

“We delivered on that vision but found that maintaining the ‘s’ in ‘applications’ was rapidly maturing the staff – and not in a good way.

“So we improved on the economies of scale model further this year by developing and deploying a single application that looks like many different ones, depending on your credentials, centralising maintenance of some of the shared system functions while continuing support for highly customised health record components."

EpiSoft received assistance from Commercialisation Australia in the development of Cancer CareZone.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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