A clinician's perspective on co-developing and co-implementing a digital tumor board solution

Health Informatics J. 2020 Sep;26(3):2213-2221. doi: 10.1177/1460458219899841. Epub 2020 Jan 23.


Healthcare has entered the information age. This will deliver huge opportunities for healthcare providers to deliver more individualized treatments for patients, and as such improve outcomes. Nowhere is the prospect greater than in cancer care. Healthcare providers now need to manage the challenge of how to best capture, interpret and exploit insights from real-world clinical data. A significant aspect of cancer care is the challenge of preparing and conducting tumor boards. Currently, data are distributed across multiple systems and cannot be easily aggregated or integrated. In recognition that no suitable solution existed, the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in partnership with Roche, have co-developed and co-implemented a digital tumor board solution. This article describes the development process and the enablers and barriers for adoption from a clinician's perspective. In addition, it reflects on some of the key factors for success and some of the future opportunities.

Keywords: clinical decision support; digital software; information management; tumor boards.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms* / therapy