Automating tasks such as tracking, communicating and reporting is at the forefront of innovations in cancer screening, and can result in more cancers being caught early with better outcomes. A new white paper from HealthMyne, Cancer Screening: Automating Patient Identification and Tracking for Better Outcomes, explains how provider and system-centric barriers can be overcome by automating the largely ineffective manual processes in place at many facilities and in their cancer screening programs. The full white paper is available for download here.
Lung cancer is one of the best examples of inefficient processes that affect cancer screening programs and delay detection. Research shows that when diagnosed and treated at Stage I, lung cancer has a 92 percent five-year survival rate. However, when undetected until Stage IV, that rate plummets to less than 1 percent.
While lung cancer screenings have proven effective at reducing deaths from cancer through early detection, less than 4 percent of eligible patients and just 2 percent of smokers are screened for lung cancer in the US. This is largely due to the manual processes used to identify and track at-risk patients, which disrupt workflows and place an undue burden on already limited staff resources. Administrative challenges, system and data integration and burdensome reporting requirements for referring partners have actually prevented programs from getting off the ground while setting others up for early failure.
The white paper outlines how these manual processes can negatively impact the success of cancer screenings, as well as create serious challenges regarding incidental findings. The white paper also details key benefits of introducing automation, such as:
- Improving patient retention in cancer screening programs
- Increasing hospital revenue through higher scan volumes and interventions
- Freeing up time and capacity of highly paid clinicians
- Creating proper documentation of care team communications
Leveraging automation software to provide consistency and remove manual tasks that sap resources, impede workflows and prevent enrollment of high-risk patients into preventive screening programs can improve not only clinical outcomes, but also enhance patient engagement and generate new or enhanced revenue streams. To learn more, click here to download a free copy of the white paper.