"Health care providers and researchers will have a much greater understanding of not only a patient's medical condition, but how that condition is affecting her quality of life and what can be done to improve it."
Hanover, NH (PRWEB) September 30, 2010
Dynamic Clinical Systems has been awarded a $1.2 million National Cancer Institute (NCI) contract to develop a patient-reported surveillance system that improves the care and quality of life for people living with advanced cancer and their caregivers.
The two-year Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract will facilitate the development of an interactive system that actively monitors palliative and hospice care patients' symptoms, care plan adherence and quality of life. Depending on their responses to patient-completed online health questionnaires administered by the system along with clinical entry, patients and their caregivers will receive tailored care plans, condition-specific education and automatic referrals to specialists. The extensive data generated by the system will also be used by palliative and hospice care teams to support clinical decision making.
"Health care providers and researchers will have a much greater understanding of not only a patient's medical condition, but how that condition is affecting her quality of life and what can be done to improve it," said Chris Weiss, president and CEO of Dynamic Clinical Systems. "As a result, patients with advanced stages of cancer will be more comfortable because they will receive the treatment, advice and counseling they need when they need it."
Dynamic Clinical Systems will partner with University of Pennsylvania clinicians and researchers at the Penn Pain Medicine and Rena Rowan Breast centers, as well as care providers at Jefferson Health System's Home Care Network hospice. Health care IT industry leader Ingenix will be also be a contract partner.
The project is the fifth NCI project awarded to the Hanover, N.H.-based Dynamic Clinical Systems since 2005.
"We are very proud of our track record with NCI," said Weiss. "These projects give us opportunities to make an even greater difference in the lives of patients battling a number of conditions, including cancer."
The project will build on a SBIR Phase I contract awarded to Dynamic Clinical Systems in 2008 and the commercial success of its flagship product, Integrated Survey System® (ISS). Currently in operation at a number of the nation's leading academic medical centers, private practices and health agencies across the country, ISS is the most comprehensive and technically advanced patient-reported outcomes platform available today.
Established in 2004 with concepts and technologies originating from Dartmouth Medical School, Dynamic Clinical Systems is an industry leader in providing systems that collect patient-reported history and outcomes to improve patient care and provide data for research. The company's solutions are available in, and integrated across, more than 20 clinical areas.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN261201000086C.