Physicians and staff at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center are in the process of implementing a new electronic health records system (EHR) that offers significant benefits to patients.

McKesson Specialty Health designed the system, called iKnowMed Generation 2, in collaboration with US Oncology Network physicians, including Dr. Benjamin Cho. It was developed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of cancer care.

“It’s a win-win all the way around,” says Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s Executive Director Chris Achtien. “It will benefit first and foremost our patients and secondly physicians and staff who are using the system.”

Benefits to patients and physicians
iKnowMed is a cloud-based platform, so physicians have efficient, safe and secure access to their patient records, making it possible to update files easily. It also makes record keeping more streamlined so that physicians have more time to spend with their patients.

The iKnowMed system is also designed to enhance patient safety by automatically generating safety alerts for potential medication conflicts and providing notifications when lifetime maximum dosage is reached. In addition, it automates chemotherapy dosing, ordering and scheduling on the patient’s chart, which makes orders easy to read, manage and administer for staff.

The system can also identify patient eligibility for open clinical trials during the staging and diagnosis process.

Information at patients’ fingertips
The iKnowMed Generation 2 EHR system works with WVCI’s My Care Plus patient portal. The portal’s health information is downloaded directly from iKnowMed Generation 2 EHR, so patients are able to access updated information quicker, have their questions answered sooner and schedule appointments online with ease.

Managing health care costs
“This system is also a win for our efforts to control health care costs, because it allows us to do things more effectively than we have in the past,” Achtien says.

The iKnowMed Generation 2 system integrates with Clear Value Plus, which is technology that helps WVCI provide high-quality treatment to patients, evaluate cost-effectiveness and efficiently document delivery of consistent, evidence-based care.

“Cancer care is very expensive, and we need to make sure we’re helping to manage those dollars effectively,” Achtien says.

We ask for your patience
Implementing new technology takes time. WVCI physicians and staff are in the process of learning the ins and outs of the iKnowMed Generation 2 EHR system and how best to use it. In the meantime, signs in WVCI’s lobby ask patients for understanding as the new system is implemented.

If you have questions about iKnowMed and how it works, please contact us.