When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, they can feel overwhelmed with emotion and anxiety or struggle to retain information. Understanding their treatment choices is daunting and complex. It seems impossible to absorb it all and ensure that their treatment decisions reflect their values, goals and preferences.
How it Works
Companion empowers patients to communicate and prioritize medical and non-medical needs with their care teams.
These needs and preferences are consolidated and delivered to oncology teams through their Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Patients and providers then work together to create an optimal plan of action based on a common pool of knowledge.
By deploying Companion, healthcare systems engage and retain patients through a superior cancer care experience. Every patient receives appropriate, personalized care while reducing clinician burden and closing health equity gaps.
With this app, I can write down my questions and concerns as they are happening in real time i.e. pain level, light-headedness or medication reactions and discuss them with my oncologist as I need to, even outside of my scheduled appointment.
Breast cancer patient
- Feeling more prepared for meetings with their provider
- Being more informed and empowered to manage their care journey
- Feeling heard and understood by their care teams
- Improved continuity of care
- Increased support through personalized services, education & resources
- Improved patient communication and involvement in their own decision making
- Accessible patient-generated insights into goals and values to better align with their priorities throughout their treatment plan
- Increased appointment productivity through patient ‘preparedness’
- Streamlined referrals to support resources
- Quality of care improvements without an increase in workload
- Measurable improvements in patient satisfaction
- Higher patient retention
- Ongoing referrals to integrated care services
- Increased patient volumes through improved appointment efficiency
- Quality improvements with increased documentation of end-of-life wishes
My favorite part of the Companion is the medication list! Medication reconciliation prior to the visit saves me at least 10 minutes! Entry of vital signs on Companion makes telemedicine visits more meaningful. Partnering with patients in their care is the most satisfying experience!
Vaishali Sanchorawala, M.D.
Director of the Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Boston Medical Center