National Cancer Screening Expert Hilary Deskins Joins HealthMyne

April 16, 2019 | News

Deskins brings more than 30 years of expertise in successfully implementing and expanding cancer screening programs

HealthMyne Inc., a company focused on delivering quantitative imaging decision support for radiology and oncology, recently added Hilary Deskins, a national cancer screening expert to its growing team. Ms. Deskins will serve as an Oncology Navigation Consultant, working with HealthMyne customers to help plan, implement and grow their cancer screening programs and other initiatives within the company's clinical decision support platform.

“We are privileged to have Hilary join our team. She is a nationally recognized expert in cancer screening programs with a long track record of success,” said Arvind Subramanian, President & Chief Executive Officer at HealthMyne. “Hilary will leverage her deep understanding of physician and patient needs in cancer screening programs to help organizations that are starting or growing their programs. She has consulted with dozens of programs in the U.S. and has played an integral role in helping develop the HealthMyne Cancer Screening Module.”

Ms. Deskins first started developing cancer screening programs in the late 1990s. Working closely with a gastro-intestinal physician in Louisville, Kentucky, she developed a highly successful colon cancer screening program which was recognized in the 2018 National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices: A Handbook for Hospitals and Health Systems.

In 2012, with guidance from the Lung Cancer Alliance, one of the leading organizations serving those living with and at risk for lung cancer, Ms. Deskins set up a lung cancer screening program at KYOne Health. By 2016, it was one of the largest lung cancer screening programs in the U.S., increasing 4,500% over five years. This success led to an invitation to present the KYOne Health program before the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus.

“My ultimate goal is to help build high quality cancer screening programs and improve access for patients,” said Ms. Deskins. “HealthMyne will help me achieve my goal by empowering organizations to build more effective and efficient lung cancer screening programs.”

"I have seen the benefits to the community when physicians and clinicians work together to screen patients and educate them to take charge of their healthcare," Deskins continued. "There is no question that earlier detection saves lives; it can also significantly reduce long-term patient care costs.”

In related news, two of the most effective and influential nonprofit organizations serving the lung cancer community, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), recently announced they are joining forces as the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. Together they have become the “go-to” local and global force serving and advocating for the needs of the millions of people who are vulnerable, at risk or diagnosed, and all others impacted by the disease.