Peter Bach, MD, MAPP, Talks About Improving Quality in Cancer Care
Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP, Director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, states that any organizational change that shifts payment and risk to providers will improve quality. Dr. Bach says that quality can be improved if providers seek to manage costs in a way that promotes high-quality care while making decisions based on evidence and pathways.
This video was taken on November 16 at AJMC's Translating Evidence-Based Research Into Value-Based Decisions in Oncology.
Reports that information on 4.5 million patients from 26 states had been hacked from more than 200 hospitals stunned consumers and the health care community yesterday, even though experts in health information technology have warned of this possibility for some time. News of the hacking incident within Community Health Systems comes as the top US official charged with overseeing the nation’s health information technology (HIT) is trying to educate patients about what to expect about the use of their healthcare information.
The trials will evaluate the efficacy of erlotinib or crizotinib in preventing lung cancer recurrence, as well as survival, in patients carrying mutations in either EGFR or ALK, who are clinically free of the disease.
Karen DeSalvo, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said that while patients expect their medical records to be confidential, they are open to information sharing so long as it leads to improvements in their health or the health of others. Moreover, as Dr DeSalvo reveals, many patients expect their medical records to be digitized.