Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) June 06, 2016
onPoint Oncology announced today at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting several milestones in the development of assistPoint, its newest product. assistPoint connects patient assistance programs (PAPs), co-payment programs, and specialty pharmacy services with cancer patients, caregivers, and providers. The innovative platform provides a secure, single-point resource for life sciences, cancer centers, pharmacies, foundations, diagnostics and patients.
Roberta Buell, MBA, Principal of onPoint Oncology said this weekend at the annual meeting: “Due to high demand for automation of PAP program enrollment in the oncology market, repeated use of assistPoint has increased over 700% in the past 2 months.”
Increased Incidence of Financial Toxicity
As cancer drug costs have risen, more patients are facing payment issues for their cancer care and oncology providers have responded by seeking improved support from manufacturer programs.. assistPoint now is available to aid all cancer programs, regardless of setting, in sourcing and applying to one or more PAPs as by centralizing and simplifying the integration of patient assistance enrollment and leveraging the full array of resources.
In addition, a consistent theme at this year’s ASCO meeting is the impact of financial toxicity on patient’s lives.
“While physicians have always focused on survival, over the past 20 years, we began thinking about how the physical side effects of cancer treatment affect a patient’s quality of life,” said Jonas de Souza, MD, oncologist and assistant professor, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago Medical Center. “This is a daunting side effect – a financial toxicity -- that needs to be addressed in order to more realistically relieve the multiple impacts of cancer and its cost for care.”
Increasing types and numbers therapies with high drug costs have increased the number of cancer patients who need financial assistance, and the cumbersome application process is critically limiting to patients and providers. When filed through assistPoint, applications for financial assistance have decreased in time from days or weeks to a few hours, allowing patients to begin treatment that much sooner.
“assistPoint gives the financial counselors in our clinic centralized access to a comprehensive portfolio of patient support and services programs,” said Keith A. Thompson, MD, oncologist, chair, ASCO CancerLinQ committee and partner in the Montgomery Cancer Center, Montgomery, Ala. “We can now track enrollment status and program utilization, increasing the effectiveness of the financial counseling team and thereby improving quality of care. I believe that contributes to patient survival.”
About onPoint Oncology
onPoint Oncology relies on groundbreaking technology and its extensive experience to understand and actively manage the complex challenges in oncology care. Its industry leading products address the needs of providers, patients, and life sciences companies:
- focalPoint: identifies challenges and opportunities to improve appropriate and timely drug reimbursement for oncology providers
- assistPoint: delivers a revolutionary work flow solution connecting cancer patients to financial assistance and services
onPoint solutions remove barriers and provide critical understanding of oncology market dynamics to enhance the quality of care through improved outcomes and measurable results.