NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For cancer patients, one of the biggest impediments to effective treatment is a lack of adherence to regimens prescribed by their physicians. This has become a growing challenge as chemotherapy administration has shifted from IV infusions at oncology centers, to oral medication taken at home. In fact, it's estimated that more than one third (up to 40 percent) of all oral chemotherapy patients are not complying with their treatment plans, which can impact their outcomes.
Launching today, WorkUp is the first technology-based service platform that lets oncology practices instantly offer patients an 'app' to securely connect them with practice staff to address side effects and other issues, while providing customized medication calendar support for the patient's unique cycle timeline. The clinic-branded app is automatically given to patients for free as they leave the clinic, and is accessible on whatever consumer platform the patient prefers - whether web, flip-phone, smartphone, or even landline, using text-to-speech. WorkUp's oral chemotherapy platform is in use by leading oncology centers across the U.S., including North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates (NSHOA) in East Setauket, New York and Toledo Clinic in Toledo, Ohio. "Although healthcare information and data is increasingly digital, no one has ever transformed static FDA product information into a dynamic, interactive care management platform until now," said Kenny Engels, co-founder and CEO, WorkUp. "Providing the entire care team - both patients and providers - with a digitized, personalized roadmap is the critical piece in improving adherence. As a result, we believe WorkUp can change the state of the art for cancer care." Bringing patients and their care providers together for better outcomes With oral chemotherapy, physician-run oncology centers are challenged to monitor patients' compliance between visits. Overwhelmed by changing schedules, side effects, trouble getting their medication delivered on time, or insurance payment issues, patients may delay a crucial start date or report problems too late. When they do call about an issue, they typically contact their nurses - which can lead to phone tag and waiting for help that others at the practice could provide.