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Streamlining MDT Coordination to Address Cancer Care Challenges in the UK

Cancer care is a complex process that calls for the collaboration of many healthcare specialists from various disciplines, known as multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), all working towards a common goal: providing the most effective care for their patients.

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But it’s not just about the hands-on care; the data from the patient’s journey is also crucial and requires detailed recording.

There are cancer management systems that have been devised for reporting data into cancer registries, tracking waiting times, and providing cancer outcomes and service data, but these solutions fall short of functioning as effective workflow management tools for MDTs.

Why does this matter? Because without a system to support MDT workflows, this often leads to poor capture of structured data and minimal recording of MDT discussions and decision-making processes. Only snippets of MDT meeting minutes are recorded, and notes or dictations made outside of meetings often fail to find their way into these cancer systems. The end result can be incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information that can delay patient care and hinder clinical communications.

Moreover, current cancer management systems fail to automatically generate actions and allocate them based on custom and understanding. This shortcoming results in the inefficient sharing of outcomes with broader stakeholders, like primary care providers.

But the picture isn’t all bleak.

Digital solutions are being developed with the aim of streamlining the MDT process and enhancing cancer care management. These platforms are being designed to intertwine MDT workflows with cancer data reporting, offer comprehensive data collection, and deliver data-driven insights to providers.

These digital platforms can be tailored to blend with local MDT processes, alleviating administrative burdens and empowering healthcare providers to dedicate more of their time and energy to patient care. They also provide a centralised digital hub where all the stakeholders in a patient’s care can collaborate in real time.

The potential benefits of integrating these digital solutions into cancer care management are huge. They promise quicker decision-making, reduced paperwork, improved patient tracking, robust documentation of MDT meetings, and superior cancer reporting. These enhancements could result in improved patient outcomes and a more satisfying experience for both patients and healthcare providers.

While the challenges of MDT coordination and data capture are significant, they are by no means insurmountable. With the advent of digital solutions, we can address these hurdles, delivering more efficient and effective care for cancer patients.

Open Medical is committed to helping cancer teams by providing solutions that will not only improve data completion but also make it easier for MDTs to collaborate effectively. If you’d like to learn more, contact us here!


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