Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
2018 marked a major milestone in HICOR’s efforts to provide actionable metrics to improve cancer care in our community. In May, HICOR released the Community Cancer Care in Washington State: Quality and Cost Report. This report is the first in the nation to publicly report clinic-level quality measures linked to cost in oncology, and its publication reflects a commitment among Washington state providers, payers, patients, and policymakers to collaboration and transparency in pursuit of better patient care.
The work at the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research at Fred Hutch is driven by a vision to improve outcomes and reduce costs for cancer patients and families. Engaging patient partners in the research process is central to this vision. This year HICOR was fortunate to work with a number of talented patients and patient advocates as they opened enrollment for a national clinical trial, conceptualized novel interventions to improve cancer care, and expanded our performance measurement program.
The HICOR team is committed to finding solutions to reduce the economic burden of cancer for patients, families and society. We view this critical issue through the lens of value — asking ourselves how our work can contribute to ensuring that patients receive the highest quality care and the best possible results without the financial devastation that too often accompanies a cancer diagnosis. We started with the simple yet vital concept of measurement. Could we gather and analyze the data necessary to create a picture of how cancer care is delivered in our community? The short answer, built on the hard work and expertise of our data and clinical analytics team, is yes.
The Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research was launched in 2013 with the mission of improving the effectiveness of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services in ways that reduce the economic and human burden of cancer. Our key initial strategies were to develop a world-class research program in health economics and cancer care delivery research, build a network of healthcare partners committed to improving value in cancer care and develop an oncology informatics platform to support research and evaluation. We are delighted to report great strides in the past year toward each of these goals.