Smartphone App Keeps Medical Professionals Up on Cancer Treatment

Dr.-with-iPhone-300x300By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — Feeling under the weather? Try typing the symptoms into a search engine and see what happens. Chances are, the results are going to show the worst-case scenarios. Have a cough? It’s probably pneumonia. Have an ache? It’s probably internal bleeding. Have a headache? Might be a sneeze away from an aneurism. Deep down, we know this probably isn’t the case, and that we shouldn’t trust what we read on the Internet, but with these one-size-fits-all diagnostic websites, all signs might point to cancer, even when we might just be suffering from the common cold.

Scheduling a doctor’s appointment for every little question we have can be time-consuming and expensive, depending on our insurance. Even for those who don’t have cancer but live with someone who does, constant doctors’ appointments and phone calls become tedious. The time for a specialized, personalized real-time diagnostic system is past due, and CollabRx, Inc. has decided to do something about it.

CollabRx is a data analytics company that uses cloud-based expert systems to inform healthcare decision-making through the use of smartphone apps. Based in San Francisco, CollabRx provides physicians and researchers with the ability to rapidly and accurately identify relevant drugs, clinical trials, diagnostics, medical tests and therapies. One of its most successful apps is CancerRx.™ Even the most knowledgeable physician can benefit from CancerRx, since the cancer treatment landscape changes quickly. The CancerRx app is a mobile resource designed to help physicians navigate the complex landscape of oncology therapeutic options. It currently offers in-depth explanations of different treatment options for lung cancer, melanoma, metastatic breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

These explanations and advice come from leading experts in the field. Users can research drugs and therapies based on tumor profiles, the different stages as well as treatment history. In addition to weighing the pros and cons of different treatment options, CancerRx helps physicians identify the most relevant clinical trials that offer investigational therapies. This app also provides summaries and links to clinical findings published in top-tier medical journals. CancerRx comes with a special “daily oncology newsfeed” feature from MedPage Today, complete with real-time updates. All of the knowledge and research found in the app is curated from CollabRx’s highly qualified expert advisory network of more than 75 leading physicians, scientists and researchers from the nation’s most renowned academic and medical institutions.

“Our goal has always been to empower physicians by providing the latest clinical research in a user-friendly way,” says Thomas R. Mika, President and Chief Executive Officer of CollabRx. “With CancerRx, we encourage physicians to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. We want to make sure everyone stays abreast of current research.”

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