In the world of electronic health records, fitting an EHR to an oncology practice is like shoving a square peg into a round hole. The documentation requirements, lab monitoring, and communication between the practice and the infusion center for chemotherapy regimens pose a barrier to implementing electronic records. Out of the box solutions do not easily lend themselves to the specialty-specific workflows for treating cancer. Often, the decision practices are faced with is to either remain on paper charts or purchase an add-on product to manage the oncology workflows.
Companies like IntrinsiQ are bursting at the seams trying to handle the demand, having just recently put new implementations of their product, IntelliDose®, on hold for the remainder of 2015 as they work on building out capacity and stabilizing their system. So what is an oncology practice to do? We have recently fielded this question from several clients who are looking to bring their oncology practices on board, but are struggling with the best approach.
Luckily, there is a middle ground. Pairing an in-depth analysis of oncology workflows with expert EHR knowledge, we have implemented electronic workflows within the Allscripts TouchWorksTM application that track chemotherapy regimens, make oncology orders visible to other users within the enterprise (ERs, Prompt Care), improve overall clinical documentation, and result in a high level of user satisfaction. By partnering experienced nurse informatics and implementation consultants with an oncology practice, we can customize the application to work for the providers. Read more on considerations to take when implementing electronic oncology workflows from my colleague Litisha Turner, and feel free to contact us with any additional questions!