RCCA and Osler Health Join Forces to Provide Cancer Care using Collaborative Physician Teams

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Cancer News
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HACKENSACK, N.J., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer patients have good reason to be more optimistic about the

quality and effectiveness of their care in the near future.

Regional Cancer Care Associates LLC, or RCCA, New Jersey's largest cancer care physician's group and Osler Health, a next-generation patient centered

physician network, which is one of New Jersey's largest, will work quickly to employ their respective common clinical platforms and care analytics to elevate cancer treatment to levels of quality and effectiveness that have not been possible without their technologically enabled collaboration.

Both RCCA and Osler are owned and governed by their participating physicians as patient centered medical practices and require hospitals to meet high quality and service standards and to provide patient care under their physicians' direction.

"RCCA is excited to enter into a partnership to deliver integrated, value based, high quality healthcare with Osler Health across our 30 cancer care delivery facilities located throughout New Jersey and Maryland. RCCA using COTA, a cancer care analytics company, along with Osler Health's proprietary information technology system will share data between physicians to enhance care outcomes and reduce the total cost of care" said Terrill Jordan, President of RCCA.

"We at Osler Health view our partnership with RCCA as the promise of a new standard and means of coordinated cancer care delivery that represents a major step forward for the health and financial benefit of our patients," said Thomas S. Bellavia, M.D., Osler Health's chairman. 

"Our proprietary technology and techniques are specifically designed to enable and keep people well as fully integrated care teams," Bellavia continued.

To enhance patient communications, access to care and education, Osler has partnered with TouchCare, a mobile platform that enables patients to engage in video consults with their own physician from any mobile device, at any time, and, VITAS Healthcare, the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care, to provide collaborative patient and family services and support ongoing education to Osler and RCCA physicians and case management staff.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Osler, Vitas and RCCA to further increase patient access to their high-quality network of specialized oncology and primary care providers through our HIPAA-compliant video consult app," said Damian Gilbert, TouchCare CEO and Founder. "We have all been personally touched by cancer and know firsthand that making it easier for patients to connect with their care teams has huge benefits for both providers and patients."

"Cancer does not always have an unhappy ending," said James Doulgeris, Osler's CEO, "but it does come with profound anxiety and uncertainty for every patient, their family and their friends. Taking the next step from integrated care to collaborative care using enhanced communication, education and support serves to ensure the right care at the right time by the right physician.

We are confident that this advanced care model will result in more focused and effective care at lower cost, lessening the emotional and financial burden on our patients and their families."

About RCCARegional Cancer Care Associates LLC (RCCA), one of the largest oncology physician networks in the United States, is transforming oncology care by ensuring that cancer patients have access to the highest-quality, most-comprehensive, cutting edge treatments in a compassionate and community-based setting. RCCA includes more than 100 cancer care specialists and is supported by 800 employees at 30 care delivery sites, providing care to more than 24,500 new patients annually and over 245,000 existing patients in New Jersey, Maryland and Washington DC.  For more information visit: http://www.RCCA.com

About Osler HealthOsler Health IPA's New Jersey system has over 200 primary care providers and specialists, not counting partnered physician groups, is one of the largest physician networks in the state. A generation ahead as a clinically integrated physician network, Osler uses disease stratified team care organized around primary care physician led "Medical Neighborhoods." Osler continues to grow rapidly in the Northeast and is uniquely enabled to provide superior care, clinical outcomes and services enabled by its proprietary MDclick™ common population health system, quality, disease management and analytics platform. For more information, please visit www.oslernetwork.com. 

About TouchCareHeadquartered in Durham, North Carolina, TouchCare brings mobile health to mobile people, offering providers, practices and health care institutions a simple way to remotely connect with their own patients through private face-to-face video calls via smart phones or tablets. The TouchCare platform is used by providers at some of America's leading medical centers. For more information, visit: www.touchcare.com.


For RCCABryan Soltesbsoltes@regionalcancercare.org201-510-0950

For Osler HealthJames Doulgerisjdoulgeris@oslernetwork.com727-512-3138

For TouchCareShelly Weitz sweitz@touchcare.com 919-433-7990


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SOURCE Regional Cancer Care Associates

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