CancerLinQ Completes Agreements With 36 ‘Vanguard’ Practices

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CancerLinQ LLC announced on April 21 that it has completed agreements with 36 oncology practices from around the country to begin implementing CancerLinQ™, the groundbreaking health information technology platform that will harness big data analytics to help oncologists rapidly improve high-quality care to patients with cancer. CancerLinQ LLC is a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO. 

“By participating in CancerLinQ, these practices have the opportunity to improve the care of patients but also contribute to a bigger transformation in cancer care,” said ASCO CEO and CancerLinQ LLC Board of Governors Chair Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO. “Together, we will be able to see first-hand how physicians can use CancerLinQ in their day-to-day practice to track the quality of their patients’ care and gain important new insights.”

Diverse Practices

Currently, CancerLinQ is working with the 36 “vanguard” practices to collect clinical data and refine its quality reporting methodologies. Novel features of the CancerLinQ software system include real-time monitoring and reporting of clinical quality measures. In addition, CancerLinQ will allow clinicians to make better use of electronic health records through the use of advanced data visualization capabilities. Access to CancerLinQ will be a major step toward the goal of making the most current oncologic information fully available. 

“We are excited to be involved in this cutting-edge initiative that will allow our practice to improve the quality of care for our patients,” said Keith A. Thompson, MD, partner and medical oncologist at Montgomery Cancer Center, and Chair of the CancerLinQ Physician Advisory Committee. “Being an early adopter of CancerLinQ not only gives us the chance to contribute to advancing care, but also the chance to be a pioneer in implementing this technologic advancement.” 

The oncology practices represent a diverse mixture of providers in locations throughout the United States, and include:

  • Alaska Women’s Cancer Care: Anchorage, Alaska 
  • Arkansas Cancer Institute: Pine Bluff, Arkansas 
  • Augusta Oncology Associates: Augusta, Georgia 
  • Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma: Lawton, Duncan, and Altus, Oklahoma 
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc: Nationwide 
  • Catholic Health Initiatives: Nationwide 
  • Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates, an Ohio Oncology Hematology LLC Practice: Columbus, Ohio 
  • Epic Care–Partners in Cancer Care: Antioch, California
  • Essex Oncology of North Jersey: Belleville, New Jersey
  • Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology: Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Health First Cancer Institute: Brevard County, Florida
  • Hematology Oncology Associates of Brooklyn: Brooklyn, New York 
  • IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inova Schar Cancer Institute: Falls Church, Virgina
  • Katmai Oncology Group: Anchorage, Alaska
  • The Longstreet Clinic, PC: Gainesville, Georgia 
  • Lynchburg Hematology Oncology: Lynchburg, Virginia 
  • Marin Cancer Care: Greenbrae, California 
  • Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates/Cancer Center of Iowa: Des Moines, Iowa 
  • Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA: Newark, Delaware
  • Memorial Healthcare System, Memorial Cancer Institute: Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Aventura, Florida
  • Michiana Hematology-Oncology: Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Montgomery Cancer Center: Montgomery, Alabama 
  • New England Cancer Specialists: Scarborough, Maine
  • New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology, PA: Hooksett, New Hampshire
  • New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, Ltd: Albuquerque, New Mexico 
  • Pontchartrain Hematology & Oncology: Covington, Louisiana 
  • Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care: New Bedford, Massachusetts 
  • The Mark H. Zangmeister Center: Columbus, Ohio 
  • University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center: Cleveland, Ohio 
  • Utah Cancer Specialists: Provo, American Fork, West Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake City, Tooele, Bountiful, and Layton, Utah 
  • Ventura County Hematology-Oncology Specialists: Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo, California
  • Virginia Cancer Institute: Richmond, Virginia 
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center: District of Columbia 
  • West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders: Kalamazoo, Michigan ■