Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in U.S. women, according to American Cancer Society Statistics. The ATHENA Breast Health Network is a large University of California multi-institution demonstration project, designed to combine research and clinical care to push innovation in prevention, screening, treatment and management of breast cancer. While each UC campus will be choosing their own platform, the University of California at Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has chosen VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) web-based platform for their workflow management, secure data collection and connectivity to the rest of the ATHENA network.
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is internationally renowned for innovative cancer research, cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention in Los Angeles and Southern California. Over a period of several decades, participating University of California health centers will recruit 150,000 women in California who will be screened and monitored for breast cancer. The extensive ATHENA database of information will be used to reduce the time it takes to implement "innovations in clinical practice", principle investigator Laura Esserman, M.D., said in a statement. Arash Naeim, M.D., principal investigator for the Jonsson Cancer Center's part in the project, said the primary goal of ATHENA is to accelerate research, "effectively translating it into innovative clinical care, and demonstrating the value that can be leveraged when institutions share knowledge and technology."
VTOC's user-friendly, HIPAA-secure, web-based platform will deliver surveys, reminders and relevant education to UCLA patients who consent to have their data included in the ATHENA research project. The VTOC platform will interface with existing sites and systems at UCLA to extract clinical data and combine it with patient-reported information to form a complete data set for export to the ATHENA statewide database. VisionTree will also incorporate the ATHENA Risk Assessment Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) using Web Services to help researchers with predictive modeling and patient tracking.
"VisionTree is honored to be working with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in support of the ATHENA project. VTOC's modular, web-based, interoperable architecture is making the patient-centric vision of connecting the healthcare ecosystem a reality. VTOC customers are seeing the benefits of an easy-to-use, roles-based SaaS model that integrates disparate clinical systems and the patient into the process. Many providers have taken aspects of their workflow electronic, but with the ARRA HITECH Act Meaningful Use measures providing the roadmap, VTOC is a proven solution to fill in the gaps and deliver the requirements of healthcare reform. VTOC connects the patient with their coordinated care team using the web and data exchange standards to help patients build their own secure, personal health record and participate in longitudinal data collection and valuable population health analysis."
The VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) platform is implemented in 7 of the top 10 U.S. News & World Report hospitals, research organizations, leading cancer centers and medical societies. With over 500,000 users of its web-based and mobile solutions for healthcare, VisionTree is providing proven patient and provider-centric solutions, in combination with connectivity for data interchange throughout the healthcare ecosystem.
About UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in disease research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2010, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named among the top 10 cancer centers nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for 10 of the last 11 years.
For more information on the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit: www.cancer.ucla.edu
VisionTree Software, Inc., a Brainlab company, is a leader in cloud-based, patient-centered health electronic medical records, communication and population health data management systems. The VisionTree Optimal Care (VTOC) outcomes platform is MACRA compliant as a modular EHR and implemented at over 600 sites with 2.5M+ patient records in 15+ languages.
The VTOC platform is used for multi-center research, registries and population health initiatives across multiple domains. VisionTree's customer base consists of leading academic and community centers, research organizations and medical societies globally including 17 of the top 20 U.S. News and World Report hospitals.