The people who come to Cancer Treatment Centers of America are scared and confused. They may have referred themselves of they may have gotten a referral from the doctor. If there is any disease more dreaded in the modern world, it has yet to show itself. Even viral diseases once thought to be a death sentence, such as HIV, are now controllable through medication. Cancer, however, is a disease of unchecked cell division. It may be caused by a virus in some cases, and cancers that are caused by viruses often have better survival rates. However, in many cases it is simply a consequence of a DNA mutation, and it is the result of humans living longer. It is a result of humanity’s scientific success.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America staff has one goal when people come to their facility. They need to reassure people and give them hope. Patients who come through their doorways need to know that the staff and the facility will do everything it can to assure their survival. One recent change allows the organization to do that. The organization has adopted a system called Clinical Pathways to better serve the needs of doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff.
The idea behind the clinical pathways system is simple. It allows each person who uses the system to devote more time to devote to the essential tasks of their jobs. Despite what patients may think, doctors and nurses do not enjoy doing paperwork. They often find it detracts from doing their job. Clinical Pathways allows doctors to access relevant research and both doctors and nurses to spend more time with patients. It even makes things easier for the hospital administrative staff, but the administrative staff is and should be focused on the medical organization’s paperwork.