Radiation oncologists at Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider, have partnered with Oncora Medical to enable integration of clinical data from various electronic sources to predict patient outcomes and deliver precision-based care. The collaboration is part of a project to use real-world data to better design personalized therapies for each patient they treat.
Data scientists and engineers from Oncora, as part of a recent six-month collaboration with physicians from Northwell’s Department of Radiation Medicine, mined and normalized data from more than 50,000 cancer patients treated at Northwell dating back more than a decade. This dataset includes oncology treatment information such as radiation treatment plans, imaging, chemotherapy administration data, patient medical information including cancer history and past disease history, as well as treatment outcomes data such as side effects and cure. Once validated, the Oncora software will continuously learn from this dataset and may be used by physicians to design more personalized treatments in an effort to deliver precision-based care.
Oncora’s software works with real-world data to empower physicians with the best treatment options for patients.
“This is a first for Northwell and a first for Oncora – and is a big deal for cancer patients,” said Louis Potters, MD, chair of Radiation Medicine at Northwell Health and deputy physician-in-chief of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. “Our ability to aggregate our patient outcomes over 15 years creates an ability to customize treatment plans for individual patients. While a lot more effort is needed to validate this concept, this first step represents a proof in principle that this type of novel analysis can be achieved.”
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 665 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit northwell.edu.
About Oncora Medical:
Oncora Medical, Inc., a privately held software company in Philadelphia, PA, has developed a powerful predictive analytics platform for oncology, capable of analyzing diverse healthcare data and applying advanced machine learning techniques to produce valuable clinical insights. Currently, Oncora is working to improve the radiation therapy experience (both for physicians and their patients) with software to help oncologists design more personalized radiation treatment plans. For more information on how Oncora is fighting cancer with data, visit oncoramedical.com.
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