Colorectal cancer (RC) is the third most common cancer, with an increasing incidence in recent years. Digital health solutions supporting multidisciplinary tumor boards (MTBs) could improve positive outcomes for RC patients. This paper describes the implementation process of a digital solution within the RC-MTB and its impact analysis in the context of the Fondazione Policlinico 'A. Gemelli' in Italy. Adopting a two-phase methodological approach, the first phase qualitatively describes each phase of the implementation of the IT platform, while the second phase quantitatively describes the analysis of the impact of the IT platform. Descriptive and inferential analyses were performed for all variables, with a p-value < 0.05 being considered statistically significant. The implementation of the platform allowed more healthcare professionals to attend meetings and resulted in a decrease in patients sent to the RC-MTB for re-staging and further diagnostic investigations and an increase in patients sent to the RC-MTB for treatment strategies. The results could be attributed to the facilitated access to the platform remotely for specialists, partly compensating for the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to the integration of the platform into the hospital's IT system. Furthermore, the early involvement of healthcare professionals in the process of customizing the platform to the specific needs of the RC-MTB may have facilitated its use and contributed to the encouraging quantitative results

Specchia, M. L., Di Pilla, A., Gambacorta, M. A., Filippella, A., Beccia, F., Farina, S., Meldolesi, E., Lanza, C., Bellantone, R. D. A., Valentini, V., Tortora, G., An IT Platform Supporting Rectal Cancer Tumor Board Activities: Implementation Process and Impact Analysis, <<INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH>>, 2022; (19(23)): 1-10. [doi:10.3390/ijerph192315808] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/222185]

An IT Platform Supporting Rectal Cancer Tumor Board Activities: Implementation Process and Impact Analysis

Specchia, Maria Lucia;Di Pilla, Andrea;Gambacorta, Maria Antonietta;Beccia, Flavia;Farina, Sara;Meldolesi, Elisa;Bellantone, Rocco Domenico Alfonso;Valentini, Vincenzo;Tortora, Giampaolo
2022

Abstract

Colorectal cancer (RC) is the third most common cancer, with an increasing incidence in recent years. Digital health solutions supporting multidisciplinary tumor boards (MTBs) could improve positive outcomes for RC patients. This paper describes the implementation process of a digital solution within the RC-MTB and its impact analysis in the context of the Fondazione Policlinico 'A. Gemelli' in Italy. Adopting a two-phase methodological approach, the first phase qualitatively describes each phase of the implementation of the IT platform, while the second phase quantitatively describes the analysis of the impact of the IT platform. Descriptive and inferential analyses were performed for all variables, with a p-value < 0.05 being considered statistically significant. The implementation of the platform allowed more healthcare professionals to attend meetings and resulted in a decrease in patients sent to the RC-MTB for re-staging and further diagnostic investigations and an increase in patients sent to the RC-MTB for treatment strategies. The results could be attributed to the facilitated access to the platform remotely for specialists, partly compensating for the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to the integration of the platform into the hospital's IT system. Furthermore, the early involvement of healthcare professionals in the process of customizing the platform to the specific needs of the RC-MTB may have facilitated its use and contributed to the encouraging quantitative results
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Specchia, M. L., Di Pilla, A., Gambacorta, M. A., Filippella, A., Beccia, F., Farina, S., Meldolesi, E., Lanza, C., Bellantone, R. D. A., Valentini, V., Tortora, G., An IT Platform Supporting Rectal Cancer Tumor Board Activities: Implementation Process and Impact Analysis, <<INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH>>, 2022; (19(23)): 1-10. [doi:10.3390/ijerph192315808] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/222185]
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