Implementing IOM recommendations to deliver high quality cancer care

Two new peer-reviewed articles from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discuss best practices for implementing the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for cancer care. The IOM’s report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis,” was released in September 2013.

The papers focus in particular on:

  • “Smart” IT systems that provide real-time analysis of data collected from cancer patients that is adaptable to a variety of health care settings and integrates the patient perspective: “An ideal system supports clinic workflow, powerful data analytics, real-time decision-making, care coordination and patient access.”
  • The need for a national quality reporting program that stresses transparency and offers data that caregivers and patients can use to guide their health care decision-making.

The papers also advocate for quality measures that are meaningful to all stakeholders involved in the treatment process, including providers, payers and patients, with particular regard to those measures directly tied to outcomes. 

The papers appeared in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association