As reported in Patient Engagement HIT by Sara Heath, the SIMPRO project will test an app for collecting patient-reported outcomes as well as how remote patient monitoring improves quality. This technology platform supports the ultimate move to “patient-centric” trials away from “site-centric trials.” As a part of a research project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative, D-H will split $9 million in grant funding with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Baptist Memorial Medical Center, Lifespan Cancer Institute, West Virginia University Cancer Institute, and Maine Medical Center.
Researchers from these healthcare organizations will be a part of the SIMPRO Research Center. As a group, they will work with Epic Systems to test how the healthcare industry can use PROs in the EHR to improve cancer care.
Specifically, SIMPRO will develop an app that collects ePROs and integrates them into the EHR. The app, titled eSyM, will be patient-facing and track patient symptoms after a cancer surgery or chemotherapy. Through EHR integration, the app will update care teams and allow for a stronger connection through remote patient monitoring.