Disclosures: West reports employment with City of Hope and AccessHope.
March 19, 2022
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AccessHope aims to provide ‘best care close to home’ for people with cancer

Disclosures: West reports employment with City of Hope and AccessHope.
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H. Jack West, MD, medical oncologist at City of Hope, spoke with Healio about AccessHope.

AccessHope partners with U.S.-based employers to provide employees with cancer information and expert clinical decision support.

“There have been incredible advances in oncology and, because of that, it has become really difficult — if not impossible — to stay on top of all of these advances, particularly as a general oncologist,” West, medical director of AccessHope, told Healio.

Through AccessHope, subspecialists provide expert perspective and asynchronous review of medical records, work-up and treatment options. This information can be shared with and used by the patient’s local medical team.

In this video, West explains how the program came about and how it works. He also summarizes findings of a paper published in JCO Oncology Practice that highlighted the benefits of the program observed so far, both through recommended changes or refinements to treatment plans and reductions in costs through identification of low-value processes.

The number of participating companies has increased over time, West said.

“We are responding by making AccessHope part of a growing network with foundational partners joining in to offer a deep bench of expertise and subspecialists,” West told Healio. “[The goal is to] optimize care for patients without any expectation of them leaving home for it. They can get their best care close to home, informed by subspecialty expertise.”