Since its inception, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has been dedicated to finding more effective cancer treatments. One of only 41 cancer centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center, the Kimmel Cancer Center has active programs in clinical research, laboratory research, education, community outreach, and prevention and control. The success of these programs is recognized nationally. In 2006, Johns Hopkins topped the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of American hospitals and ranked number three in the specialty category of cancer treatment.
Because the Caché multidimensional database structure is compact and enables high performance, data on all patients can be stored live rather than archived…. Providers can easily go back to identify treatment approaches used in the past to help determine optimal treatment for new patients.
John Enterline, Director of Information Systems
Utilizing Caché to build a sophisticated, feature-rich oncology clinical information system (OCIS) application shows Johns Hopkins’ commitment to excellence. Virtually all interactions among patients, providers, and administrators are tracked from when the patient walks in the door of the Kimmel Cancer Center to when that patient leaves. Patients who are typically scheduled for multiple appointments during a center visit, scan a bar-coded ID at strategically located kiosks as they move through the center. “From the time the patient walks in, everyone behind the scenes – providers, caregivers, and administrators – knows where the patient is and what’s being scheduled,” says John Enterline, director of information systems. “OCIS is used in real-time to adjust patient flows, to document information at the point of care, and to manage everything from scheduling and registration through clinical decision support, billing, and charge capture.”
The result? Patients are more comfortable throughout their visit because they have positive affirmation that providers know where they are and what they are going to need. And because the Caché multidimensional database structure is compact and enables high performance, data on all patients can be stored live rather than archived.