The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has announced it is working with Epic to integrate the NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates (NCCN Templates) into Epic’s Beacon Oncology Information System as electronic chemotherapy protocols for use by health care providers. The Epic integration provides physicians with access to evidence-based treatment protocols based on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines). NCCN Templates include:
– chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens with literature support
– supportive care agents
– monitoring parameters
– safety instructions
“NCCN is pleased to collaborate with Epic on this new offering which indeed benefits patients with cancer,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN in official announcement. “Access to the templates within their EHR will assist physicians in ensuring that they are ordering the latest evidence-based chemotherapy regimens for their patients in both the academic and community settings.”
As part of the integration, the NCCN Templates will link to NCCN.org so that the related NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) are available to end users as a reference through Beacon, which allows physicians to create treatment plans based on standard protocols and make treatment decisions guided by comprehensive decision support.
NCCN continues to add to the library of chemotherapy order templates to improve the safe and effective use of drugs and biologics in cancer care. The NCCN Templates enhance patient safety by assisting health care providers with standardization of patient care, reduction in medication errors, and anticipation and management of adverse events.
For more information about the NCCN Templates, visit NCCN.org/templates.