Equicare Health installs EQUICARE CS™ at the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center

Vancouver, BC, April 3, 2014, Equicare Health, the leading provider of care coordination software, announces the installation of EQUICARE CS at the Kaufman Cancer Center at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center based in Harford County, Maryland. The software was installed in December 2013 in order to improve the patient experience both during and after treatment by providing long term cancer survivorship care plans, patient navigation services, and an online patient portal.

“We’re pleased to augment the existing cancer services we provide at the Kaufman Cancer Center with EQUICARE CS,” states Philip Nivatpumin, MD, Medical Director of the Kaufman Cancer Center. “By providing our patients with resources such as survivorship care plans, navigation services and access to patient portal, we hope to continue to improve the patient experience both during and after treatment.”

EQUICARE CS (ECS) is a web-based software solution used by cancer centers around the world to coordinate care for cancer patients.  ECS includes tools to provide patients with survivorship care plans that include treatment summaries, lab and test results, follow-up plans, care team contact information and diagnosis specific educational materials such as advice on managing side and late effects, exercise, and nutrition. Patients engaged in proactive cancer survivorship programs may be able to detect and address recurrences and treatment related late effects earlier, for improved clinical outcomes.

Equicare’s navigation & distress management tools enable organizations to track and manage barriers to care, to ensure patients and their families have the resources they need.  By routinely monitoring patient distress through assessments and questionnaires, organizations are better able to identify areas where the patient experience can be improved.

The online patient portal provides patients with secure access to a consolidated appointment calendar, lab and test results, educational materials, and contact information for their care team.  Through the portal patients have the ability to request and reschedule appointments, set up email or text message appointment reminders, complete health assessments, and securely message members of their care team.  Equicare’s patient portal has been reviewed by the Drummond Group and is certified for Meaningful Use.

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

In December of 2013, Upper Chesapeake Health became University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. It consists of the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, technology, and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland.  Visit uchs.org to learn more.