During Tuesday night’s meeting, Good Samaritan’s Board of Governors
approved the purchase and implementation of software that will standardize
the treatment of oncology patients.
Good Samaritan partnered with Deaconess through the OneCare Collaborative,
a population health initiative, and implemented Epic last year, the nation’s
leading electronic medical record system. Sharing the same electronic
health record has enabled physicians, nurses and other health care providers
at Good Samaritan and Deaconess to access the same patient information
in real-time and across multiple locations. Patients also have access
to their own health information through the MyChart patient portal.
Wanting to create a more consistent charting process for cancer patients,
Good Samaritan Oncology Services will begin using a new module from Epic
called Beacon. The software will allow the Medical Oncologists to have
a consistent and standardized way of ordering cancer treatments and documenting
care for their patients. Additionally, the staff in the Pharmacy and Infusion
Center will utilize and benefit from this module; since the flow is between
all three areas.
In addition to the purchase of this new software for oncology, the Board
also approved the purchase of a similar type of program for the Radiation
Oncology Department. The program, Aria, is the only form of documentation
software available for radiation therapy. The Radiation Oncology Department
exists in both Aria and Epic, making two separate schedules for the physicians,
therapists and planning team to view and document on each patient.
“With the new interface we are purchasing, all providers that care
for radiation oncology patients will be able to view all documentation
in the same chart,” said Amanda Dillon, Director of Oncology Services.
“The medical oncologists will also have the capability of viewing
the daily treatment summary which provides detailed information related
to the treatment plan and progress of each patient.”
The use of both electronic health record programs, Beacon and Aria, will
ultimately provide a consistent treatment plan for oncology patients at
Good Samaritan. The hospital will begin the roll out of the two modules
later this year. “Our main goal is to achieve a safe pathway for
the delivery of cancer treatment details between key members of the team,”
continued Dillon. “The better we are at communicating patient information
between multiple providers and departments, the better treatment plans
we can offer our cancer patients.”