Medical oncology patients are at high risk for ED utilization and hospitalization due to complications of their cancer and cancer-directed therapies.
Our initial aim is to establish the baseline percentage of patients in our practice who have an ED visit or hospitalization per quarter. Once the eSyM study starts in March 2020, we will also monitor the percentage of patients participating in the eSyM study (eSyM+ patients) who have an ED visit or hospitalization per quarter. Our goal is to reduce the relative number of ED visits and hospital admissions in eSyM+ patients compared to the total patient population by 20% over the next two years.
Bian, Jessica, "Electronic Symptom Management for Medical Oncology Patients (eSyM)" (2020). MaineHealth Performance Improvement. 41.