DOTmed News: United States: Oncology Information Systems

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Enhanced Automation Provides Lifeline to Managing Data Deluge in Oncology

Treating cancer has always been challenging from a therapeutic standpoint, but advances and innovation in oncology have made treatment more tolerable and helped to improve care and outcomes. Yet the delivery of care is becoming more complex, and multiple factors make healthcare data overload a growing challenge in oncology. One factor is the increased amount of data generated over the course of treatment. In many cases, accurate staging and subtyping require additional testing. A growing number of cancer therapies are indicated for specific genetic mutations, necessitating companion diagnostic tests. Treatment plans are also increasing in complexity, comprising radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery, and involving multiple care providers across different departments and, in some cases, institutions…

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