PHOENIX - A team of doctors, IT experts, and pharmacists at Phoenix Children's Hospital wanted to make chemotherapy less horrible for children. The new chemotherapy-induced nausea vomiting, or CINV, dashboard is making that happen.
"It's real-time, actionable electronic data that is not entered by a research coordinator, that is just a byproduct of the care that you're giving," said Dr. Vinay Vaidya, chief medical officer, IT Services at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Doctors now have information on the best anti-emetics for specific chemo drugs at their fingertips, every morning.
"There's a group of us who reviews it and makes sure that the right combination of drugs is ordered, and I've noticed a huge difference, much more rare now that patients are struggling with nausea and vomiting," said Dr. Lexa Walsh, a pediatric oncologist at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Nurses ask patients to report their nausea on a scale, which is also recorded in the dashboard.
"It helps us up front to make sure that we're prescribing it adequately, but then on the back end, it also helps us to see how our preventative measures are actually helping," said Melissa Rees, a clinical pharmacist.
Walsh said families may have access to the dashboard someday, creating a full team of people helping kids not get sick while they're getting well.
Walsh said Phoenix Children's is sharing the CINV dashboard idea and its early results with other hospitals. It also now is collecting a lot more data on chemo drugs and anti-emetics which is another benefit.