Handling contact with breast cancer patients during recovery is a challenge for clinics
The number of breast cancer patients is forecast to grow significantly in the next few years as the population ages. An estimated one in eight women will suffer from breast cancer. Healthcare resources are vital during the long recovery period when patients may experience side effects or relapse. Kaufmann has observed the trend that when patients are in active treatment they get excellent service. However, patients often feel abandoned during recovery.
Previously patients have had to phone in to reach clinical staff with information about symptoms or to discuss medication. This is typically inefficient and leads to many patients receiving unsatisfactory care during recovery. The target group’s new familiarity with mobile devices and services has opened up an opportunity for a service that could made a radical difference to the recovery phase, while benefitting clinical staff and the efficiency of their work.
Virtualized care in your pocket: Noona is a mobile service that helps guide breast cancer patients through recovery.
We have set up Noona Healthcare Solutions with a team of dedicated and talented specialists to launch Noona in a major pilot with the oncology department of the Helsinki/Uusimaa healthcare region. In Helsinki alone HUCH Cancer Center handles follow-ups with more than 5000 breast cancer patients. The Noona pilot with HUCH in early 2015 is one of Europe’s biggest e-health trials.
Noona makes it possible for small teams to efficiently handle a large volume of patients.
Noona offers information and enables the patient to be more active in her own recovery. The patient tracks her progress via the service and Noona enables ongoing contact with the clinic, with a smart system that triggers actions for key symptoms and side effects. For the patient Noona is a friend that helps you understand and deal with your recovery, and puts you in touch with your clinic when you need it.
Secure and efficient for clinical staff
For clinical staff Noona makes it possible for small teams to efficiently handle a large volume of patients. Noona enables clinics to securely receive structured patient messages, such as symptom reports, and process them in work queues prioritized according to the current clinical state of the patient. Clinical staff can respond to patients with application-managed follow up processes, self-care instructions, invitations to the clinic, and custom messages.
Noona is a secure encrypted cloud service. The service is fully audit logged, compliant, supports industry standard coding, and provides an API for integrations.
Noona was also presented in our Tulenkantajat 2015 conference
We had the priviledge of having Johanna Mattson, Medical Director of HUCH Cancer Center, to present us how mobile technology and digitalisation can offer support for breast cancer patients. We believe Noona empowers patients and gives an access to a world of new data. Our vision is that the anonymized data will reveal trends that lead to improved early diagnosis, more treatment options, and eventually higher rates of remission.
“As patient numbers have increased, traditional communication channels are no longer enough, therefore we need to actively develop completely new and more effective ways to take care of our patients. Noona is one of Helsinki University Central Hospital Cancer Center’s main projects, involving several experts in the development of breast cancer treatment.”
HUCH Cancer Center