The Cancer Care Program at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) has a new team member named ISAAC.
ISAAC (Interactive Symptom Assessment and Collection) is an online computer tool that allows patients to record how they are feeling related to the nine most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients.
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has developed ISAAC and WDMH is the first satellite site in the Champlain Regional Cancer Program to use the new technology.
Before their appointment, patients complete a pre-assessment at the touch-screen computer kiosk located in the waiting room.
They assign a score to each symptom such as pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and depression. Each patient receives a print out and the information is automatically transferred to the patient’s electronic health record.
“Many patients struggle with the physical and emotional pain caused by cancer symptoms,” explains Lynn Hall, vice president, clinical services and chief nursing officer at WDMH.
“ISAAC helps put patients in control by assessing their own symptoms.”
Each patient’s care team reviews the assessment, resulting in appropriate treatment and better care.
For example, if a patient records a pain level of five, treatment can be provided to reduce the pain. The caregiver can then track this symptom over time and across various health care settings.
WDMH’s Cancer Care Program supports patients through every step of their journey.