Managing Cancer Associated Thrombosis: an electronic pathway to improved care
by Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Building on the Integrated Care Pathway for patients with cancer associated thrombosis (CAT) published in 2013, this initiative transferred the pathway's treatment milestones from its proposed paper format into the electronic patient record. The use of the electronic patient record to facilitate the care pathway has made data collection a significantly more efficient process.
The forms, once completed, also become instantly available for review by all users of the electronic patient record within the hospital and can be emailed to the patients’ GP as both a record of clinic attendance and as an active plan of care. Re-defining the CAT pathway into a series of electronic milestones has improved the quality of patient follow up.
"This is the one entry that really shone through. This entry offers a simple solution in a much needed area. Streamlining and standardising the pathway for patients with cancer who often sit outside the usual system, should produce long-term benefits and it was fantastic to see a project that is focussed on making positive changes to practice."