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Oncology Data Services

Unmatched Depth and Detail in Clinical Data

EMOL Health has an industry-unique capability to parse data from physician dictation records, providing unmatched depth to our aggregated patient data.

We find that data from dictation adds detail not found in other patient records, providing researchers more-accurate information. This gives organizations access to more-complex data for analysis than that received from other resources.

Our unique, proprietary software also instantly and effortlessly finds, mines and aggregates all digital data from physician practices, whether from IT systems in labs, pharmacies, patient management, imaging centers or EMR.

Experts in Oncology

In addition to EMOL Health’s unique technological solutions, our staff has a thorough understanding of oncology practices and patients. When developing products, our staff is continually advised by an experienced oncologic physician and oncology practice manager. Our products are beta-tested in large oncology practices.

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Industries We Serve

Your Partner in Research

EMOL Health partners with healthcare entities in a variety of ways to provide them with the detailed data they need to make informed decisions.

1. Private Networks

For organizations that have existing relationships with oncology practices, we can help generate more accurate and complete data. EMOL Health can provide the organization’s private network of practices with our data aggregation system and web tools. We then collect and normalize data from the network and produce customized reports. Data from this private network is available only for that organization’s use. Private networks may be a cost-effective alternative and allow organizations to target specific geographic region or types of practices.

Our product is effortless to deploy and use, and offers a substantial array of benefits to the physician practice. [link to “Physician Services”] These benefits make it easy for physicians to participate, ensuring that we can continue to provide the quality of data healthcare entities require for their projects.

2. Data Brokering

EMOL Health can also provide specific oncology patient data to entities for use in marketing planning, clinical research, or medication evaluation. We have an existing network of oncology practices across the country that we work with to generate a diverse range of patient information. [link to “Statistics”]

Because of our unique data searching and parsing capabilities, our supplied patient information is more detailed and accurate than data sourced solely from EMR records.

Using either of these service models, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and marketing and research organizations gain the knowledge they need to improve their decision-making and ultimately improve products for patient care.



Industries We Serve

Pharmaceutical Companies

From the extensive patient data generated, we can highlight at an oncology practice:

  • patterns of medication use
  • symptom management monitoring and response
  • appropriate use of treatment protocols

This allows pharmaceutical companies to analyze specific practice patterns, leading to appropriate and maximized use of medications. The practice also better understands how it can provide more consistent patient treatment.

Insurance Companies

We can provide insurance companies with EMR information that is linked to clinical data and aligned to national care guidelines. This analysis can be used to:

  • track compliance with pay-for-performance initiatives
  • track cost-saving activities
  • track medication use and outcomes
  • track compliance with National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines
  • track cost saving through avoidance of blood transfusions, emergency room visits and hospitalizations
  • benchmark physician performance

Hospitals

In an effort to help physicians optimize patient care and quality of life, hospitals can use EMOL Health services to improve communication between practices, departments and service lines. By centralizing data in a digital warehouse, patient information can be quickly and easily shared among a private physician practice, lab, radiology, chemotherapy and inpatient services. Data generated can also be used for research projects or in commercialization efforts.

Clinical Research Organizations

Incomplete or inconsistent patient data found in EMR systems can weaken or slow clinical research efforts. EMOL Health supplements missing data with its unique physician dictation parsing and searching capabilities. Using either our proprietary network of oncology practices or a CRO’s private network of practices, EMOL Health can generate high-quality patient data for use in advanced research efforts. This data can then be:

  • aggregated
  • archived
  • analyzed
  • normalized
  • benchmarked
    • Finally, our powerful web tools make custom reports effortless and informative.

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Statistics

Detailed Patient Information

As one of the largest oncology clinical data aggregators in the country, EMOL Health generates a diverse range of information from our proprietary patient sources, including:

  • Medication use
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Outcome
  • Demographic Parameters
  • Geographic Location
    • Current statistics as of Thursday August 24, 2017

      • -0.3% Solid tumors staged
      • 13,047,119 Medication Doses Given
      • 1,476,646 Patients
      • 24,727,749 Documents Parsed
      • 528,021,170 Observations
      • 927 Care Providors

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Case Studies

Patients lost in follow-up

At one practice, EMOL Health is used to identify patients who frequently come into the office for a port flush or some other minor follow-up appointment month after month, yet have not seen a physician or physician extender during that time period. EMOL Health monitors and flags those patients when they are due or overdue for a physician appointment. An appointment with a provider is immediately scheduled before any further visits can take place.

Use of anti-emetics

In an attempt to appear compliant, many cancer patients do not complain of nausea during chemotherapy. To address this, one practice changed its policy to strictly follow National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for anti-emetic use. EMOL Health was used to flag patients who should receive anti-emetics under the protocol, giving patients better emetic control and generating additional revenue.

Use of colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) and other erythropoietin treatments for low blood cell counts

Use of CSFs and erythropoietin treatments are often dictated by insurers. EMOL Health has been used to improve patient care by tracking patients with low white blood cell count and flagging to provide treatment as quickly as possible.

Zoledronic acid (Zometa) for bone metastases

Breast, lung, and prostate patients with bone metastases can often benefit from treatment with zoledronic acid (Zometa). One practice pulls monthly reports from the EMOL database to identify patients not receiving the drug who would clearly benefit. The attending oncologist is notified that the patient could be considered a candidate for zoledronic acid. This report is viewed both as a quality measure and an opportunity for additional revenue.

Use of Aranesp

Five large oncology offices initiated a system to flag patients receiving chemotherapy with lowered hemoglobins or those that trended downward. This project encouraged the offices to respond to the downward trend of a hemoglobin level and better anticipate the patients’ need for Aranesp. The project benefits include:

  • Less fatigue and improved quality of life for patients on chemotherapy
  • Less need for blood transfusions, emergent care and hospitalizations due to anemia and other complications of low blood count

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Dictation Mining

Parsing and Full Text Searching of Physician Dictation

Despite the addition of EMR, physicians continue to rely on the speed and ease of oral dictation to update patient charts, a habit reinforced by payers who require dictated notes for reimbursement. Because of this, key elements of the patient record may be contained only in physician dictations.

Data aggregation that relies solely on EMR can miss important facts, such as metastases, cancer stage, patient ethnicity and race, or specific type of cancer.

EMOL Health solutions include powerful software capabilities to find and mine information from oral dictation, giving our aggregated data more detail and accuracy.

We use two techniques to uncover patient information in physician dictations:

Full-Text Searching

After indexing all the words in a patient dictation, our software searches for significant matches using an algorithm to increase the accuracy of a match. For example, we know that physicians generally mention a patient’s race in the first sentence of dictation. Any subsequent uses of words that may seem to be a description of race are less likely to be a description of race, reducing the accuracy of that match.

Data Parsing

Our system also creates value through data parsing – the ability to dig though data to find important patient information that is more significant to researchers than to payers, such as co-morbidities, cancer stage, or histology code. EMOL Health can parse medications and diagnoses out of dictations with more than 90 percent accuracy.