Boston, Massachusetts - mTuitive, Inc. announced today that xPert for Pathology, an industry-leading synoptic reporting module, has been selected by Lakeridge Health to participate in a pilot program to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care and availability of cancer information for planning, evaluation and research.
The pilot is one of several provincial quality improvement initiatives to evaluate technology and non-technology solutions that encourage and support standardized reporting and tracking of cancer cases. Lakeridge Health, in Oshawa, will implement mTuitive's xPert for Pathology software to collect pathology reports and electronically deliver results to their existing lab system and to a local data repository. This project will assess the ease in meeting the pathology reporting requirements and the ability to automate the data collection process and transmit the results to the provincial data repository.
An article in the March 2006 issue of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine emphasizes the importance of standardized structured reporting, "the use of standardized reporting promotes our participation in multi-disciplinary specialty care in a multitude of ways." Standardized reports:
1) ensure uniformity of reporting,
2) promote consistency between institutions,
3) guarantee completeness of relevant data,
4) reduce ambiguity,
5) facilitate data collection for research,
6) serve as a quality assurance indicator of quality of care,
7) and save time for the clinicians and their assistants.
mTuitive's software solution is expected to enhance the quality of cancer pathology reporting by ensuring the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of standardized pathology reports in a cost effective manner.
"mTuitive's structured synoptic reporting module is an automated, robust solution complete with cancer checklists that meet the provincial standard," said Dr. Murray Treloar, Medical Director and Department Chief of Laboratory & Genetic Services at Lakeridge Health. "We expect that reports generated from their system will improve our efficiency by delivering data where it needs to be in real time, reducing the need for transcription of cancer cases and turn around times. Additionally, the engineers at mTuitive have enabled their application to accept data entry via mouse/keyboard, touch screen, handwriting and voice recognition, options which we expect can accommodate each of our pathologists' preferred workflow. We are confident that this pilot project with xPert for Pathology will help Lakeridge Health meet our clinical quality improvement goals and, above all, have a positive impact on patient care."
mTuitive CEO, John Murphy said, "mTuitive is honored to be selected and is looking forward to working with the Lakeridge to provide the most advanced, cost efficient model to help them achieve their goals."
About Lakeridge Health: Lakeridge Health is one of the largest hospital systems in Ontario, with four hospitals located east of Toronto in Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry and Whitby. Our vision is to work together with health partners to promote health and deliver excellence in care to more than 500,000 people in both our rural and urban communities.
About mTuitive: mTuitive, Inc. develops data capture and synoptic reporting software to assist health care professionals in recording clinical findings and maintaining compliance with established protocols and guidelines. Our unique method of capturing structured information provides valuable data for pathology, oncology, and cancer staging applications. Established in 2003, mTuitive, Inc. is based in Massachusetts.