by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | December 16, 2020
St. Luke’s University Health Network will be the first U.S. provider to head GE Healthcare's and Premier's diagnostic breast cancer center model.
The One-Stop Clinic is designed to manage patient care from the initial appointment to the diagnosis and treatment plan in one location and with one team. It was started at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Center in France, where it has improved clinical results and sped up breast cancer diagnosis and treatment planning, and has also been implemented in Colombia.
“Amid today’s challenges related to the pandemic, it is essential we rethink the patient experience and clinical workflows to help relieve patient anxiety and reach an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible,” said Agnes Berzsenyi, president and CEO of women’s health and X-ray at GE Healthcare, in a statement.
Current time intervals between an abnormal screening mammogram and a confirmed cancer diagnosis and treatment can average 26 days. The aim of the GE model is to reduce this time to 36 hours or less. Among the multiple modalities it offers are the company’s Senographe Pristina mammography system, SenoBright Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM), Serena Bright biopsy and Invenia ABUS.
St. Luke’s has a five-day, streamlined flow process implemented already for diagnostic imaging throughout its hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It has also already begun piloting the One-Stop Clinic workflow, which will start with a mammogram and biopsy, as needed, followed by pathology, conclusive diagnosis and treatment planning. The One-Stop Clinic is expected to open there in 2021.
GE Healthcare and Premier, which entered a collaboration
in 2019 to open the first One-Stop Clinic model for breast cancer in the U.S., will create training and operation materials to implement the model at St. Luke’s; and all three will share insights with other healthcare systems.
“Reducing the time to diagnosis for breast cancer patients will become a reality in 2021,” said Roni Christopher, DHSc, vice president of design and implementation for Premier.
Additional One-Stop Clinics are in development at GE Healthcare, with several planned for 2021.