29-Jan-2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter presents
 Reducing Wait-Time for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Impact of a Multidisciplinary, Centralized Referral Program

January 29, 2018
  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Newfoundland Time
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Reducing Wait-Time for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Impact of a Multidisciplinary, Centralized Referral Program is the implementation of a standardized, patient-centered, evidence-based process co-jointly supervised by the Radiology and Cancer Care departments to streamline a procedure to reduce wait times for at-risk patients. Auditing of the program has indicated the implementation has reduced wait times and “stage creep” while patients are on wait lists thus presumably improving the prognosis for lung cancer patients. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Radiology department at the Health Sciences Centre (Eastern Health) started collecting data for the project in 2014 and has successfully implemented the Thoracic Triage Panel, a multidisciplinary team including Radiologists, Pathologists, Respirologists, Oncologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Research Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners. This presentation will outline the evidence supporting a centralized multidiscipline referral program, described through the experience at Eastern Health, including how to reduce patient wait times and thus impact prognosis for lung cancer patients.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Rick Bhatia, Regional Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Eastern Health
  • Kaylah Parsons, Data Quality Training Specialist, Eastern Health

Dr. Rick Bhatia is the Regional Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology for Eastern Health, Newfoundland and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology. After completing his medical degree from McMaster University, he did his Internship in London, Ontario and completed his Residency in Radiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. This was followed by a Fellowship in Thoracic Radiology and Mammography at McMaster University. Since then, Dr. Bhatia has spent his career based at the Health Sciences Center, St. John’s Newfoundland, focusing his interests in Pulmonary Imaging to improve wait times for Lung Cancer patients. Dr. Bhatia also plays an active role in the Radiology Residency program, being a past Program Director, in addition to his administrative responsibilities.

Kaylah Parsons completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology/Biology) degree, a Post-Graduate Degree in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) and is currently completing her last semester of a Masters of Applied Science and Engineering (Technology Management) degree from Memorial University, St. John’s, NL. As a Graduate Student, Kaylah worked at the Radiology Department as a Quality Audit Research Assistant to Dr. Rick Bhatia. Currently, she is employed by Eastern Health as a Data Quality Training Specialist. Her work responsibilities include departmental projects and policy planning, and Physician Clinical Documentation Education, which involves multi-stakeholder engagement, delivering education, research and data analysis on process improvements and policy change. She is also a social events volunteer with Eastern Health’s long-term care facilities.  

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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.