Of the challenges with the current state of cancer treatment is that there is much more data available than any one doctor or even institution can keep track of by itself. Collating and assembling the wisdom of the medical crowd into a best practices for cancer treatment is the holy grail of oncology.
To that end, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America have partnered with AllScripts and NantHealth to launch Clinical Pathways, a comprehensive collection of the latest cancer care data. Using the platform, physicians and other healthcare professionals can access a wealth of treatment data from hospitals and other medical institutions across the United States. Clinical Pathways allows doctors to see the treatments with the best results and optimize outcomes and costs across a wide range of variables. This data helps patients, doctors and other interested parties examine the data and make the best possible decision.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a national network of five for-profit hospitals that specialize in cancer treatment. The first CTCA hospital was founded in 1988 after Richard J Stephenson’s mother died as the result of her cancer. He was unhappy with the treatment she received and became convinced there was a better way to tackle this terrible disease.
The company is now based in Boca Raton, Florida and has institutions in Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. The CTCA also has offices in a number of countries in Europe and the Middle East, which can diagnose and funnel patients to the five American hospitals for treatment.