Use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) continues to be a big challenge for the NCG member centers. A study conducted within the NCG member centers revealed that only 15% of them were using EMR and that having an oncology specific EMR is a high priority for our network. The NCG - Koita Centre for Digital Oncology (NCG-KCDO) launched the EMR initiative in November 2022 as a focused effort to support the NCG member centres in selecting a high-quality oncology-specific EMR.
NCG-KCDO assembled a core team of medical and technology professionals that developed comprehensive NCG EMR requirements with over 200 features after a series of discussions including market feedback. NCG floated a Request For Empanelment (RFE) for solution vendors who have a strong base solution and can commit to meeting all NCG EMR requirements over the next several months.
NCG-KCDO received very positive response from the vendor community and completed a rigorous evaluation process that included the following steps:
The primary goal of this empanelment is to promote the development and adoption of ADBM compliant NCG EMRs across NCG centres, with a specific emphasis on ensuring that the EMR systems deployed possess sufficient capabilities to support cancer-related requirements. To achieve this, NCG will provide cancer care experts to partner with the empanelled vendors to complete the product roadmap journey towards a best-in-class oncology EMR as well as focus on critical foundational capabilities including but not limited to interoperability, data security and privacy, and analytics. NCG Empanelled EMR Vendors will be actively involved in the EMR adoption and implementation process to ensure that EMR usage is optimized and integrated into existing clinical workflows across NCG centres.
The NCG EMR initiative is a first-of-its-kind major initiative in India towards the important objective of driving integrated care. NCG has also launched the Leading EMR Adopter Program (LEAP) to identify NCG network centers that are willing to participate in implementing ABDM compliant NCG Empanelled Oncology EMRs. NCG will help empanelled vendors engage with NCG hospitals and help NCG hospitals select the solution which best meets their needs and support ABDM workflow implementation. Over the next several months, LEAP will be activated at several of the NCG network hospitals. Hospitals that are interested in this program (including partial funding support), are requested to write back to us (firstname.lastname@example.org, with cc to email@example.com) with a statement confirming your organization's commitment to deploy and implement one of the six NCG Empanelled EMR solutions.