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Improving and Innovating

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    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute continually strives to improve the quality of patient care by keeping the patient and his or her cancer journey as our primary focus. We use innovative methods for educating patients and staff, creating new technologies, and improving clinical quality and efficiency.

    Below are some examples of our leadership in providing a patient experience that is safe, of the highest quality, and always getting better.

  • Medication Management

    Dana-Farber actively utilizes more than 900 clinical trials, as well as thousands of other medications for the treatment of cancer. Safely managing those medications for our patients and staff is a priority within the organization.

    Flu Vaccination Program

    In 2017, 99 percent of medically eligible Dana-Farber staff members received the flu vaccine, giving Dana-Farber Cancer Institute one of the highest vaccination rates among Massachusetts hospitals. Find out how Dana-Farber is using a universal vaccination requirement to keep our patients and staff safe.

    Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)

    Dana-Farber has earned certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) for its adult care in the Longwood Medical Area and for its satellite centers. This international quality assessment and improvement program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices has the goal of creating a culture of self-examination and improvement.

    Dana-Farber Pathways

    Through Dana-Farber Pathways, we apply lessons from our own practice and from evidence-based medicine. Each patient's treatment pathway is designed to most effectively treat his or her disease, yet achieve consistency across treatment centers.

    Real Time Locating System (RTLS) badge worn by patients and staff

    Real Time Locating System (RTLS)

    Dana-Farber uses a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) to better manage the flow of patients in our clinics. This system uses sensors as well as small badges worn by both patients and staff members.

    Patients are asked to wear a badge that helps us follow their progress during visits. The badge uses technology that sends signals to sensors throughout the Yawkey Center to provide accurate, up-to-date information to locate patients during their appointments and track who they have seen in the clinic.