Sep 14, 2023
Kathy Ford is the Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Ronin, applying AI and deep data mining to determine relevant cohorts to develop better cancer treatment plans. Looking at patient-specific data, including genetics, comorbidities, and risk factors, allows medical oncologists and patients to predict results and more accurately anticipate and prevent adverse events. The Ronin AI-based solution also educates patients in real-time as they go through their treatment.
Kathy explains, "At Ronin, we are determined to leverage the power of all of the underutilized data in healthcare to better inform clinicians to make a more patient-specific decision faster, essentially, at the point of care. And we're starting in oncology to do so, the most complex disease. We are leveraging all the unclean and uncorrelated data, delivering it to the clinician, adding insights and intelligence, and speeding up decisions. We collaborated with MD Anderson to build the solution. So built with clinicians for clinicians. And we're also partnered with Providence Health System as well today."
"What Ronin is doing is taking hundreds and hundreds of data elements about all sorts of patients and the patient specifically that's being treated. We're looking at cohorting information, to say, patients like me, with similar data elements, so lab values, comorbidities, social determinants, and so forth, have responded best with this treatment approach. So, delivering more patient-specific information at the point of care takes the guessing out of patient treatment planning."
"Cancer is one of those diseases where we have to make the patient sicker to, ideally, make them better. And when a patient is initially diagnosed with cancer, they're often showered or hammered with a tremendous amount of information, instructions, and education. It's incredibly overwhelming. And then, once they begin their treatment, when they start to experience those adverse events, it can be very confusing and scary. Patients are often not sure what to do and are left with, is this expected? Should I be feeling this way?"
"And, what exists today, without a solution like Ronin, is the EHR portal or the phone. Neither one of those is an effective way to stay connected with your clinical team, manage your expectations, and report your outcomes and adverse events."
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