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Tata Trusts, Tata Memorial Centre join hands with National Cancer GridIndia Blooms News Service
This service provides people diagnosed with cancer to get an expert opinion and treatment options from the world’s leading experts, irrespective of their geographical location or understanding of medical information.
“Cancer Care has been a key focus area for Tata Trusts with numerous interventions directed at improving treatment protocols as well as reducing the incidence through screening and early detection. Enabling the convergence between the Navya system and TMC and NCG experts is another significant step in this direction. Expert decisions through TMC and NCG specialists, can now maximize patient outcomes: increase lifespan or number of cancer free years, improve quality of life, etc., no matter the stage and type of cancer,” said HSD Srinivas, who leads the health portfolio at the Tata Trusts.
TMC is a consortium of 89 cancer hospitals in India.
“TMC and Navya have collaborated since 2011 to develop an expert decision system that uses clinical informatics, predictive analytics and machine learning to recommend evidence and experience-based expert treatment decisions, similar to decisions made by expert tumor boards,” said Dr. Rajendra A. Badwe, Director of Tata Memorial Centre.
Navya’s technology system and clinical informatics helps connect patients to relevant clinical trials that they may benefit from. Navya also unlocks multiple treatment options that have worked in similar cases, through systematically archived medical record systems.
“Patients at small or remote centers will now have access to the world class expertise of cancer experts in India,” said Dr. C.S. Pramesh, Coordinator of the National Cancer Grid. “Treating oncologists at non-expert centers can consult with experts online in a simulated tumor board that results in expert treatment decisions for patients everywhere. Treating oncologists or oncologists in training can learn to make expert-grade treatment decisions by using the Navya system and learning from the treatment decisions made by experts for their patients.”
“To access TMC NCG Online – Navya Expert Opinion Service, patients or treating oncologists simply register at http://navyanetwork.com/tmcncg/ and upload the patient’s medical reports. A Navya patient advocate contacts them immediately. Navya’s decision system and TMC NCG experts suggest evidence and experience based treatment options. Within 1-2 days of uploading their medical reports, patients or treating oncologists receive the expert opinion report. They administer the treatment locally, enabling standardized high quality cancer care throughout the country,” said Gitika Srivastava, Founder of Navya.