Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of cancer care, the treatment of cancer generally and breast cancer specifically is a major challenge in rural regions of the US. The overall goal of this proposal is to assure that women, diagnosed with breast cancer in rural community health centers, have the opportunity to receive safe, timely, patient center, evidence based and efficient care for their newly diagnosed breast cancer in their geographic community’s health care system.
The primary target audience for this project are the interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse, and ancillary personnel within Vidant Health rural health care centers of eastern North Carolina who are involved in the care of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer.
1) Engage Stakeholders throughout our rural health care system to become an integral part of a system wide Breast Cancer Program based upon the NCCN and NAPBC Standards, 2) operationalize a system wide Virtual Breast Cancer Conference and 3) develop enhancements to EPIC EHR to assist in compliance with evidence based clinical pathways and guidelines in breast cancer care.
We will utilize compliance with nationally accepted Standards from the NCCN and NAPBC as the metrics to address areas for improvement in quality of care in our own Breast Cancer Program at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center and our rural health care center partners caring for breast cancer patients. The source of the data to evaluate the effect of change will be obtained through reports generated from EPIC EHR.