By Jennifer Hinkel, NCCN e-Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
NCCN recently granted permission to Clinical Care Options (CCO), a developer of interactive online and other medical education programs, to develop online educational tools based on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™. One goal of the tools CCO plans to develop is to provide a new way for clinicians to use NCCN information as part of their daily practice. Through interactive and automated online tools, clinicians will be able to input clinical scenarios and then access information based on the relevant NCCN Guidelines, including recommendations and references.
“NCCN continuously looks for creative solutions to further empower the oncology community to implement the NCCN Guidelines, which are developed through an explicit review of evidence integrated with expert medical judgment,” said William T. McGivney, PhD, CEO of NCCN. “We are excited about CCO's interactive decision support tool technology and their sophisticated editorial capabilities, both of which support our mission of improving patient care.”
The tools developed by Clinical Care Options will also include a certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity for each disease area or supportive care approach. Included in these CME modules will be discussions and analysis of the evidence basis supporting the NCCN Guidelines and the application of recommendations. Once launched, the tools will be available for online access by physicians.