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Understanding the Need for Systems Support in Oncology Care

October 15, 2018 / NantHealth

In the United States, healthcare spending has grown at a rate faster than the gross domestic product. In 2016, according to the federal government, America’s total medical costs hit a new record of $3.3 trillion. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that the direct medical costs for cancer in the US in 2015 were $80.2 billion.1 There is an inevitable pressure on health plans to reduce costs while ensuring quality care. Cancer care has become increasingly complex. It has become a challenge for patients to receive care consistent with evidence-based guidelines while ensuring quality care is prescribed for all. Escalating complexity of care. The science of medicine has advanced far beyond what an individual practitioner can process, track and know without some sort of advanced systems support.