ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As part of its ongoing effort to support oncology practices in adopting Electronic Health Records (EHR) to improve their quality of care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will hold its sixth annual EHR Vendor Lab, from June 2-4 at the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. This resource gives attendees the opportunity to test drive different systems that meet ASCO-defined criteria and experience the latest health information technology.
Eight EHR companies have met ASCO’s participation criteria, which include the ability to perform clinical decision support, chemotherapy ordering, and care coordination. The demonstrations are organized around a patient scenario encapsulating most situations that oncology providers will encounter with their EHR.
Companies that have met ASCO’s defined criteria and are participating in the 2012 Lab are:
- Altos Solutions, Inc: OncoEMR™
- Cardinal Health: Smart Oncology Office
- Elekta: MOSAIQ®
- GeniusDoc Oncology EHR/PM
- MDLand International Corporation: iClinic®
- McKesson Specialty Health: iKnowMed
- MedSym: MedSymEHR & MedSymPM
- Varian Medical Systems: ARIA®oncology information system
“The use of EHRs in oncology has the ability to revolutionize the way that doctors treat patients with cancer,” said Peter Paul Yu, MD, chair of ASCO’s Health IT Work Group. “ASCO has identified EHRs as an important vehicle for advancing quality care and recognizes that the software’s success depends on whether they meet the needs of the practices that will be using them on a daily basis."
ASCO has also developed resources for practices that have or are seeking to adopt EHRs. These include information to assist with selection and installation of EHRs and guides for understanding government incentive programs. In addition, ASCO has worked to set technical standards for EHRs and actively comments on proposed government regulations.
REGISTERING FOR 2012 ASCO ANNUAL MEETING
More information about the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting can be found in the Annual Meeting Media Resource Center. To register as media for the Annual Meeting, please visit ASCO’s online Media Headquarters at http://mediahq.asco.org. Please note that media registration is a three-step process.
- Accreditation – Please refer to the 2012 Annual Meeting Media Policies for eligibility information
- Registration – Once media credentials are approved, you will be able to log back into Media Headquarters and submit an onsite registration request for the Annual Meeting
- Housing Reservation – Once your onsite media registration is approved by ASCO staff, you can make a housing reservation.
The media housing deadline is Wednesday, April 25 at 11:59 PM (EDT). A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved for journalists and will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.