Irish oncology software company, ONCOassist, teams up with NCCN to improve day-to-day and patient care across 150 countries
Irish-founded oncology software company, ONCOassist, has announced a new agreement with The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to create a digital tool that will help oncology professionals around the world stay up to date with relevant clinical content.
ONCOassist is a CE-approved decision support app for oncology professionals around the world.
And it is currently the only oncology app on the market with regulatory approval for use in a hospital setting.
ONCOassist hosts tools and content specific to oncology and is used by more than 73,000 professionals across more than 150 countries.
It is estimated that 40% of oncology healthcare professionals (HCPs) globally use ONCOassist, which is revolutionising the delivery of global cancer care and aiding in reaching the goal of improving the quality of patient care globally.
NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 32 leading cancer centres devoted to patient care, research, and education, improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives.
And, by joining forces, NCCN enables ONCOassist to make key decision support information available to users around the world, advancing their mission of helping HCPs make more-informed oncology decisions.
This is an exciting step forward for ONCOassist for our work in cancer care and goal to facilitate healthcare professionals by gaining access to the right information and delivering better care to patients
The new agreement will allow oncology clinicians to access relevant, up-to-date tools and content at their fingertips on the ONCOassist smartphone app.
Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, it develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system.
According to Cancer Research UK, there are around 375,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, which is around 1,000 every day.
And, globally, 18 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2020 alone according to the World Cancer Research International Fund.
With that in mind, DATA-CAN found there was a significant drop in urgent referrals for early cancer diagnosis along with a noticeable reduction in chemotherapy attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This indicates that COVID-19 may have impacted and prevented patients from being diagnosed early.
This collaboration will help make sure the gold-standard recommendations from NCCN’s expert panels are easily accessible to the people who need them
Co-founder and chief executive of ONCOassist, Eoin O’Carroll, said: “We are thrilled to announce this opportunity to collaborate with the NCCN.
“This project has been in the pipeline for some time and we are very much looking forward to working together.
“This is an exciting step forward for ONCOassist for our work in cancer care and goal to facilitate healthcare professionals by gaining access to the right information and delivering better care to patients.”
Robert W Carlson, managing director and chief executive of NCCN, added: “Clinicians need to have frequently-updated, evidence-based, expert consensus information available at their fingertips. This collaboration will help make sure the gold-standard recommendations from NCCN’s expert panels are easily accessible to the people who need them.
“Ultimately, this means more people with cancer will receive the kind of treatment that is most likely to lead to better outcomes.”