By Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Care Services, National Cancer Policy Forum, Margie Patlak, Sharon Murphy

The IOM's nationwide melanoma coverage discussion board held a workshop October 5-6, 2009, to check the way to observe the idea that of a 'rapid studying future health method' to the matter of melanoma. This record summarizes the workshop.

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These databases describe practice patterns and outcomes of care and we feed that information back to our clinicians, our institutions, and our guideline panels,” he said. NCCN databases have been established for breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and colorectal, lung, and ovarian cancer. The most developed database in that regard is the breast cancer database, encompassing 52,000 patients from 17 NCCN institutions and 15 community cancer centers. Each year, NCCN conducts a major analysis of the data it collects and provides participating patient-level feedback to institutions and physicians regarding concordance with the management stipulated by NCCN guidelines.

The two are synergistic. Guidelines and Standards for Care In an ideal RLHS, evidence collected from point of care, clinical trials, CER, and other studies would be synthesized to create cancer care guidelines specific for various cancers with finer-grained standards specific to patient subtypes. These guidelines and standards of care would be updated continuously and widely distributed to practicing oncologists, who would be monitored and informed of their adherence to the guidelines. Currently, the most widely recognized standards for cancer care in the United States are the guidelines developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

The Internet is moving from being a stationary, slow, desktop-based information vending machine into what is now a fast, mobile, communications appliance,” Fox added. This information technology is enabling many different ways for people not only to consume information about health and health care, but also to contribute information, Fox said. The Pew survey revealed that 52 percent of Internet users watch videos online, more than one-third share online photos, including X-rays and other medical graphics, and one out of five Internet users with cancer uses social network sites.

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