Navigation

EQUICARE CS includes Navigation tools that help Navigators provide coordinated care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. With the tools in EQUICARE CS, Navigators can record encounters with patients, keep track of referrals, and set alerts and reminders about issues to follow up on so that no patient is forgotten. Additionally, barriers to care, such as finances, language, anxiety and lack of understanding, can be recorded and addressed to manage patient distress.

Equicare provides a single place where Navigators can access all patient information. Through HL-7 interfaces and our proprietary link into oncology information systems (OIS), patient medical information and demographics are automatically populated in EQUICARE CS. With EQUICARE CS, Navigators are better able to do their jobs, leaving them free to focus on patient care.

EQUICARE CS Navigation Helps you:

check mark Identify barriers to care – Easy to use, customizable forms and screening tools identify barriers to care and medical concerns of patients. check markManage patient distress – Once identified, specific barriers to care and causes of distress can be managed by the Navigator and the care team, and interventions & referrals recorded.
check mark Aggregate data into reports – Problems like depression and anxiety can be quantitatively measured and summarized into population based reports for hospital administrators and clinicians, providing valuable information on the services that patients need. check mark Analyze Navigator value – By tracking the time Navigators spend on tasks and recording the resources acquired for patients, the value of Navigators can be clearly communicated.
check mark Eliminate manual data entry – Complete integration with Oncology Information systems including ARIA and Mosaiq ensures data is automatically populated directly from your OIS, eliminating duplicate data entry and keeping information continuously up to date. check mark Learn quickly with an intuitive user interface – Equicare’s Navigator interfaces are easy to use and intuitive, so you can begin the Navigation process with minimal training.
check mark Provide patient specific education materials – Educational resources and helpful tips from reputable sources can be directed to the patient based on a particular diagnosis and/or phase of treatment. check mark Fit Navigation processes into your organization – Embed best practices into your program by using workflows that suit your needs, and customize patient-facing information to use your own logos and branding.

What is Navigation?

Navigation is a process which assists patients by helping them move through the health care system in the manner in which care is needed. A Navigator is the knowledgeable resource person who manages the process from initial screening and into survivorship.   A smooth Navigation process has been shown to improve the timeliness of patient care, especially for patients who are seniors or have limited means. Through Navigation, services delivered to patients are more coordinated, resulting in improved clinical outcomes, higher levels of patient satisfaction, and improved quality of life for patients.

Navigating into Survivorship

EQUICARE CS set the standard for survivorship care management with its debut in 2007, providing all of the survivorship tools recommended in the Institute of Medicine’s report on patient transition from treatment to life after cancer. Now EQUICARE CS has responded to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) requirements by providing tools for navigation and distress management. The CoC program standards call for accredited institutions to provide patient navigation processes, survivorship care planning, and psychosocial distress screening by 2015. EQUICARE CS meets all three of these standards today.