More Medicine, Fewer Clicks: How Informatics Can Actually Help Your Practice.

American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book / ASCO. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Meeting

PubMedID: 28561658

Patt DA, Bernstam EV, Mandel JC, Kreda DA, Warner JL. More Medicine, Fewer Clicks: How Informatics Can Actually Help Your Practice. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2017;37450-459.
In the information age, we expect data systems to make us more effective and efficient-not to make our lives more difficult! In this article, we discuss how we are using data systems, such as electronic health records (EHRs), to improve care delivery. We illustrate how US Oncology is beginning to use real-world evidence to facilitate trial accrual by automatic identification of eligible patients and how big data and predictive analytics will transform the field of oncology. Some information systems are already being used at the point of care and are already empowering clinicians to improve the care of their patients in real time. Telehealth platforms are being used to bridge gaps that currently exist in expertise, geography, and technical capability. Optimizing virtual collaboration, such as through virtual tumor boards, is empowering communities that are geographically disparate to coordinate care. Informatics methods can provide solutions to the challenging problems of how to manage the vast amounts of data confronting the practicing oncologist, including information about treatment regimens, side effects, and the influence of genomics on the practice of oncology. We also discuss some of the challenges of clinical documentation in the modern era, and review emerging efforts to engage patients as digital donors of their EHR data.