OncCharts Empowers Cancer Patients to Judge the Quality of Their Care

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Developed by Oncologists, OncCharts allows users to reliably compare their treatment against national standards or with other patients. Built safely on Microsoft’s Healthvault, there’s simply no better gift for a cancer patient.

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"I want to level the playing field for cancer patients who must trust us as their doctors." Dr. Charles Matthews

OncCharts is a simple but powerful online tool that connects cancer patients with oncologists across the country in a new and interesting way. Patients sign up and their doctor updates their cancer treatment course as a timeline within the patient’s “OncChart”. Subscribers simply log on and search for OncCharts that match their own cancer profile, such as their demographic background, type of cancer, disease stage and even past medical history. Everything is anonymous, HIPAA compliant and built safely on the Microsoft Healthvault platform. The result is instant access to reliable patient comparisons from initial diagnosis to hopefully, cure.

Contributors to the effort include experienced medical oncologist Radha Vemuri, MD, FACS who calls the service “revolutionary” and emphasizes: “The OncCharts sharing tool is novel because the treatment information comes reliably from the doctor and the side effect information comes first hand from the patient, making the accuracy of its content superior to chat rooms and share forums. This will be the gold standard for any cancer patient service because it has the potential to expose malpractice when it occurs.” The service is the patent pending brainchild of Dr. Charles Matthews, MD., radiation oncologist and devoted private practitioner.

Dr. Matthews states “Unfortunately, the business of cancer care has led practices to compete aggressively for the same patients. This explains why many cancer services are advertised as “state of the art” and steer patients toward certain treatments. It seems they have lost sight of who is most important: the person. I want to level the playing field for cancer patients who must trust us as their doctors. The main goal of this endeavor is to create a simple, affordable tool that gives patients the unbiased comparisons they need to evaluate the care they’re getting, regardless of who provides it.”

OncCharts will donate a portion of revenues to the American Cancer Society (and other research organizations) and has an ambitious goal of reaching over 100,000 “gifters.” Gifters are the general public who wish to gift an OncChart to a deserving cancer patient. Subscriptions are inexpensive: $20 - $30 per month. Dr Matthews notes: “Finally there’s an answer to the question: Is there something I can do to help?”

OncCharts.com goes live in June 2012, but you can visit now, provide your name/email and the email of the patient you would like to support, even if they have already been treated. Early gift signups will earn a complimentary month for the gift recipient. If you don’t know anyone with cancer, no problem. They will connect you with an anonymous one for free.

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