The complexity of cancer care increases with each year with new drug regimens and tumor genomics. To deal with this, oncologists need decision support to help standardize care. This combined with rising healthcare costs associated with expensive cancer therapies has led to the rapid growth of oncology clinical pathways.
Health systems considering or implementing mCODE are making it clear that oncology clinical pathways should be prioritized as an mCODE point-of-care application. The key reasons for this are the burden on the oncologist on pathway navigation/documentation and the challenges of prior authorization. The other important factor is the use of mCODE, an HL7 FHIR-based interoperable standard, for oncology data.
An Oncology Clinical Pathway (OCP): detailed decision tree protocol for selection of treatment options by oncologists, primarily focused on anticancer drug regimens for specific patient populations, including type, stage, and molecular subtype of disease.