Over a Decade of Excellence in Oncology Patient Navigation & Care Coordination

At Equicare Health, a group of driven healthcare professionals, engineers, scientists and business leaders come together with a passion for innovative oncology solutions. They are on a mission to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors around the world. With the help of their industry-leading software, Equicare CS (ECS), currently serves cancer centers, oncology care providers and patients across the globe.

ECS is a comprehensive approach to care coordination with unrivaled Oncology Information Systems (OIS) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration. It is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to coordinate patient care from screening, through treatments, survivorship and follow-up.

To learn more, please visit the website and request a demo today.

*Infographics and Design by Ann Wong, who holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. She is an author of over 10 SCI publications, having taught at UBC and the Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) in Beijing. 

Closing the information gap: Web-based PROs systems hold promise in supportive cancer care

TYPICAL CARE CAN GENERATE AN INCOMPLETE VIEW OF A CANCER PATIENT’S EXPERIENCES.

Patients with cancer suffer from disease and treatment related symptoms. Many of these clinically- relevant details are often missed or forgotten as these patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are typically only discussed at clinic visits. “Prior research has shown that doctors miss up to half of patients’ symptoms during cancer treatment,” noted medical oncologist Ethan Basch Director of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program and an Associate Professor of UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology [1]. Symptoms can also arise from medical comorbidities, such as diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially with an aging population [2].  Greater diversity of expertise is needed to address these added complexities.  Results from a comorbidity study in skin cancer patients suggest that patient-reported questionnaires may better identify any coexisting disorders (n=44; 79.5% and 88.6% by traditional medical interview and patient-reported questionnaire, respectively) even when there are discordant observations [3].

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Recognizing 2017 with Ready to Rocket

 

It is our pleasure to announce our recognition as one of the top digital health companies of 2017 by Rocket Builder’s Ready to Rocket list.

In its 15th year of profiling BC technology companies best positioned to capitalize on technology trends and fast growth, this is Ready to Rocket’s first year recognizing health care services in the digital health sector.

We were featured as one of the top Life Sciences Companies in BC last year.

We are pleased to be included with so many strong Canadian tech companies making waves in the community.

For more information about Ready to Rocket: http://www.readytorocket.com

Year in Review of 2016

2016 finished on a high note for us at Equicare. We welcomed 25 new customers to our family with 60 facilities going live last year. Our highlights of 2016 included bringing greater diversity to our family . We welcomed a second customer from Puerto Rico, another from Australia and one from the UK. We saw our sites grow and service a whole range of cancer centers and patients around the world.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

The Equicare Team continues to dream big in 2017. 2017 will see our team working hard on the release of ECS 4.7, an upgrade that welcomes a newly, modern designed patient portal with mobile support. The release will be unveiled later this year.

The Equicare Team will be back on the road this month at the  2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. We will gather together with health members around the world to learn, network and connect with industry leaders working to open and innovate greater doors in the Health IT sector of healthcare. Our team is also excited to be exhibiting at NCBC for another year and presenting at this year’s March 14th Post-Conference session on  Survivorship: It’s Time for Clinical and Operational Specifics.

Join us and keep up-to-date on social media and our blog. We are excited to share with you the many things to come in 2017 for the Equicare Family.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year

Thank you for making 2016 a banner year for Equicare! We have been thrilled to welcome so many new users to the Equicare family this year and we look forward to supporting you and your patients for years to come.

We will continue to be open for support throughout the holidays, with the exception of closures on December 26th and January 2nd in lieu of Christmas and New Years Day.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Equicare Health

Enhancing Patient Care: Utilizing Software in Chronic Illness Management

Innovation has taken great strides over the years as technology continues to grow and shift how we live, work and care in the spaces around us. We are collecting lots of data while we witness the consumerization of healthcare grow – we are living on the cusp of an evolution and increased sophistication of clinical technology in healthcare. The advancement in artificial intelligence (AI) within companies such as Google and Amazon[1] could forge new grounds in the way we coordinate patient care. Care management is evolving and the industry is taking note.

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Cancer Survivor Engagement: Your Successes & Challenges

We partnered with The Samfund at the 2016 ASTRO Annual Meeting, a yearly gathering held for the radiology oncology community dedicated to improving patient care, to survey attendees about their current approach to cancer survivor engagement, and the challenges they faced in doing more. It was an eye opening exercise with a positive outcome – we pledged to make a donation to The Samfund each time a survey was completed, and are pleased to donate $1500 to this great cause. Thanks to those who joined us at ASTRO!

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Interview with Samfund CEO, Samantha Watson: Insight into the intersection of finance & oncology

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Last month we announced that we’ll be partnering with The Samfund at ASTRO, and today we’re pleased to share an interview with The Samfund CEO, Samantha Watson. Sam is a two-time young adult cancer survivor and passionate about providing support to other young adult survivors. It’s our pleasure to share her insight into the unique financial challenges faced by survivors, and how the healthcare industry has responded.

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What’s a Compliance Worklist?

We introduced the Compliance Worklist feature with v4.5 and our users have been thrilled with the functionality.  It’s powerful new toolset to meet your compliance goals with day to day tracking, and easy reporting.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out a better way to name it. What is a Compliance Worklist and why should you care?

Take a look at this demo video to learn more about the great feature with the bad name:

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Lung screening demo video

Lung screening has become a hot topic since CMS and other private payers announced that they would reimburse care providers for lung screening services. This announcement is excellent news for the general public: lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related mortality in the United States and screening can significantly improve outcomes by detecting lung cancer earlier when it is more treatable.

There are an estimated 8.7 million people eligible for lung screening in the US, which means providers will need to ramp up their screening programs to meet this need. EQUICARE CS includes a built in tool set to meet this specific need.  Learn more about how we support lung screening in the demo video below.

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