Good Samaritan Board of Governors Approve Purchase of Oncology Documentation Software

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.”

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