ONCOassist will integrate Clatterbridge chemo protocols as part of their cross-platform system.
March 17, 2014 – Portable Medical Technology and The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust have today announced an enterprise agreement which will see ONCOassist, Portable Medical Technology’s revolutionary CE approved software system being deployed as the main oncology decision support system used within Clatterbridge.
ONCOassist was launched in January of last year following extensive development involving oncologists, system developers and compliance personnel in Europe and the United States. Since launch ONCOassist has garnered growing acceptance amongst oncology professionals throughout the UK and Ireland. In August of this year, the platform was offered as an enterprise system. This enables individual trusts and institutions to integrate their guidelines and protocols and make them available throughout the trust in an easy to access and intuitive format across multiple mobile operating systems including iOS, Android and Windows.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, based in Wirral, Merseyside, have been working closely with the ONCOassist team over the past twelve months and an enterprise agreement was the logical next step. “After many discussions with Clatterbridge we realised that, as access to the most up to date version of their protocol library was so important, developing a guidelines and protocols engine that allows for the easy integration and updating of trust specific content that can interact with the many CE approved tools already present on the platform would be of huge benefit,” said Eoin O’Carroll of ONCOassist.
Thomas Poulter, Head of IM&T at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “Having ONCOassist available in clinics and on the wards will save our clinicians time. The oncology nurses and clinicians will have access to all of the key oncology decision support information and tools they need. For example, our nurses often need to reference protocols or treatment algorithms when delivering chemotherapy treatment. ONCOassist makes it easy to do this.”
Jo Upton, Skin Cancer Advanced Nurse Practitioner at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “A cancer nurse’s role is continually evolving to meet the needs of our patients. Important decisions relating to the management of treatment side-effects and the patient experience of their treatment are fast becoming central to the cancer nurse’s role, especially in the outpatient setting. It is essential that vital information to aid decision-making in practice is quick and easy to access. I have found that the ONCOassist app provides easy access to formulas and decision-support information in my day-to-day job.”
Kevin Bambury of ONCOassist said: “We are delighted to have The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as the first NHS trust using our enterprise system. We look forward to working with them over the coming years as we continue to add features and functionality to the system”.