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Temple Cancer Program Earns National Innovation Award

The Temple Cancer Program was recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for developing a system that effectively tracks and coordinates the treatment planning process in Radiation Oncology. The ACCC selected Temple Cancer Program as one of this year's ten nation-wide Innovation Award winners, an award which recognizes and honors pioneering strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care in the community setting.

The system features an "Electronic Dosimetry Whiteboard," which was created in early 2012 by members of the radiation oncology staff, to increase transparency and accountability in the treatment planning process. "The electronic whiteboard features a spreadsheet that tracks the progress of each patient's treatment plan and makes the data accessible to the entire Radiation Oncology Department, increasing workplace transparency and efficiency," Robert Beecher, MBA, RT (R) (T), Temple's Director of Radiation Oncology, explains.

The whiteboard also aids the department in adjusting workflow and patient appointments to keep individualized treatment plans on schedule. "As each task of the treatment plan is completed, the staff member responsible will date the corresponding cell on the spreadsheet, marking that task as complete," Roxana Taveira, MHSA, Administrative Director for Temple University Hospital's Oncology Service Line, explains. "The whiteboard has served as a wonderful tool in our treatment planning process, and the staff and physicians have benefited from being able to increase operational efficiencies, which leads to greater satisfaction among patients being treated for cancer," Taveira adds.

Taveira and Beecher will accept the award and present their innovation in October at the National Oncology Conference in Boston, and will be mentioned in an upcoming edition of Oncology Times.

Date Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013