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A majority of clinicians at Mount Sinai using electronic medical records for cancer treatment, believe the system improves patient care quality and safety.


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A majority of clinicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital using Epic's Beacon module, an electronic medical record (EMR) system designed specifically for cancer treatment, believe the system improves patient care quality and safety. The data was gathered in a survey developed by Epic and administered by Mount Sinai in November 2012, eight months after Beacon was successfully implemented. Lead researcher Kerin Adelson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine presented the survey results at the December 2012 ASCO Quality Care Symposium (http://quality.asco.org/) in San Diego.

The use of EMRs allows for drugs to be prescribed and health records to be exchanged electronically. Quality-related clinical data also can be captured for analysis. The Beacon module enables clinicians to chart evidence-based treatment plans and provides the capacity to store a database of approved treatment protocols, including supportive care for side effect management.

To take advantage of the database feature, Mount Sinai created a council of experts, including oncology physicians, nurses and pharmacists, who spent more than a year and hundreds of hours clinically validating more than 400 treatment protocols. The council then grouped the protocols by cancer type and noted which supportive care treatments, such as anti-nausea medication, paired well with each protocol. Continue>

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