Picking up the Pace: Software Helps Cancer Patients Get Faster Treatment
In response to a dramatic rise in the cost of cancer treatment in the early 2000s, insurance companies implemented systems that required doctors and patients to wait up to two weeks for approval of even the most basic treatment. There had to be a better way. That’s why Dr. Marc Fishman, a hematologist, oncologist and patient advocate, founded Oncology Analytics in 2008. “Our goal was to improve the quality of cancer treatment and reduce administrative burdens on the treating physicians while reducing unnecessary costs,” Fishman says. The company works with health plans and physicians to ensure cancer treatment plans keep up with ever-improving protocols and are tailored to an individual patient’s needs.