NCCN Guidelines To Be Incorporated Into Decision Support Platform For Clinicians


The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is partnering with a health care decision support company to integrate their clinical practice guidelines into a technological resource for point-of-care access and treatment recommendations.


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NCCN guidelines are often regarded as the standard for clinical policy in cancer care and are the most complete and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. A decision support platform designed by Evinance will soon integrate NCCN clinical guidelines to improve clinician and patient shared decision-making processes. Evinance’s patented technology offers decision support and adherence tracking based on leading evidence-based guidelines.

“Integration of the NCCN guidelines into Evinance’s decision support system will directly benefit both clinicians and patients by offering evidence-based clinical recommendations at the point of care, as well as empowering patients to partake in the shared decision-making process to determine the best course of treatment for their disease,” said Robert W Carlson, MD, chief executive officer, NCCN, in a statement (August 23, 2017).

By integrating directly into the clinical workflow, Evinance’s decision support platform improves the shared decision-making process by using simulated patient paths to better communication between doctors and patients, thus promoting their shared choice of the best course of action.

“Clinicians cannot keep up with the exponential growth of new clinical information, and patients are overwhelmed with what they read online. Most institutions have no centralized, electronic method to provide answers to either group that meet the patient’s needs and that ensure adherence to the latest protocols and treatment plans, which is also critical for reimbursement,” said Chad Armstrong, chief executive officer, Evinance (August 23, 2017). "This collaboration will ensure the latest evidence-based clinical recommendations are always available at the point of care, enabling better communication with patients.”—Zachary Bessette