Assam Cancer Care Foundation follows a novel step down model called the Distributed Model of Cancer Care. The vision of the model is to create patient centric cancer institutions to deliver standardized and affordable care closer to the patients’ homes; in contrast to the current situation where one apex hospital handles a cancer patient’s journey end-to-end. Thereby, dissipating the load, providing treatment closer to home and reducing out of pocket expenses.
Distributed Model of Cancer Care
The average incidence of cancer in Assam is double of national average, hence, it is called the ‘Cancer Capital’ of the country. Assam Cancer Care Foundation is creating a first-of-its-kind, three-level cancer care network in the state to provide high quality care to the population of Assam and to address the shortage of diagnostics and treatment facilities and trained manpower.
A network of ten hospitals is being developed in the state. Infrastructure development is being supplemented with a strategy to develop trained human resources. The cancer care facilities will share common resources with State Cancer Institute, Government Medical Colleges and District Hospitals, wherever possible.
Uniform High Quality Care
A unified technology platform is being developed to ensure high quality care delivery in a uniform and patient-centric manner. A command centre has been set-up in State Cancer Institute, Guwahati. All units of the network will be connected to the command centre enabling seamless flow of information - centralised patient database management, remote location radiology and pathology reporting, virtual consultations, second opinions; ensuring quality treatment and management of cancer patients across centres.
Efforts are being made to make sure that all cancer patients receive complete treatment and nobody leaves it in-between for want of funds. A specialized team is working on; aligning available state and central government schemes and empanelment of centres; insurance schemes; patient helpdesk; centralized procurement of drugs; for maximizing patient reach and benefit.
Due to higher incidence of cancer in the region North East is known as the ‘Cancer Capital’ of the country. To supplement the infrastructure, catchment programs are being implemented across locations to promote prevention & early detection and improve palliative care.
Tobacco control programs; screening through National Health Mission programs, camps and screening kiosks; health promotion drives; training of staff involved in screening at Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), District Hospitals (DHs); are being carried out.