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Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospitals

 

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Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospitals
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Electronic Multidisciplinary Conference (eMDC): Case Planning in the Virtual Space

Jonathan Treisman, MD, FACP, Medical Director of Oncology, St. Francis Hospital

Challenged by the limitations of a traditional tumor board, Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital developed a dynamic discussion platform not hindered by time and location constraints. The eMDC model facilitates a prospective, real-time approach to case planning, allowing the care team to view case information and engage in ongoing dialogue with their peers at any time. After a one-year pilot, the number of patients discussed by the interdisciplinary team increased four-fold, and the hospital saw significant improvements in care coordination and strengthened communication across the care continuum.

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Proactive Precertification Pays Off

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When oncology patients present with complex problems, their treatment often requires a multi-specialty team approach. In cancer care, those teams come together in multidisciplinary conferences (MDCs). But the constraints imposed by time and location can create logistical and geographical barriers to MDC scheduling and attendance.

To address this issue, oncologists at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital piloted an alternative method of conducting MDCs in which patient cases are posted in a virtual environment and discussed in an electronic chat room—freeing participants from the constraints imposed by time and location.
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