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Polaris to Spotlight Latest Enhancements to Its Oncology Distress System at Upcoming AOSW Conference

Polaris staff will be at the annual Association of Oncology Social Work conference next week to feature the Polaris Oncology Distress Management System, and highlight its latest capabilities.

Langhorne, PA, June 01, 2013 --( Polaris Health Directions will feature its Polaris Oncology Distress Management System at this year’s annual Association of Oncology Social Work conference. The Polaris team will be located at booth #305.

In keeping with the conference’s theme, “Setting Sail for New Horizons in Psychosocial Oncology,” Polaris staff will be focusing in particular on innovative enhancements recently made to Polaris Oncology that will enable cancer care teams to raise the delivery of psychosocial care to new levels.

Polaris Oncology is a Web-based, all-in-one assessment, reporting and referral system to manage psychosocial distress among cancer patients.

At its core, the system consists of a psychosocial screener and response-adaptive assessment to determine the breadth of a patient’s psychosocial distress; tailored motivational patient feedback and care team reports; and an automated referral generator that matches patients to the appropriate services and support groups and then initiates contact.

The patient report provides information relating to the patient’s specific areas of concern, and offers reassurance, resources where they can get help, and encouragement to seek it.

The latest version of Polaris Oncology includes automatic alerts for patients who require immediate care, which can be sent by email, text or page, and a customizable “trigger” page in the care team report to inform multidisciplinary teams of a patient’s specific needs and concerns. The system now monitors whether a patient is utilizing recommended services.

Additionally, the enhanced Polaris Oncology offers modules to support accreditation requirements, internal programs and billing such as for palliative care, tobacco cessation, clinical trials or nutrition.

Learn more about these new features and best practices for implementation by stopping by the Polaris booth. This year’s conference will be held from June 5 through June 7 in San Diego, Calif.

For more information, please send an e-mail to or visit Follow Polaris on Facebook (@polarishealthdirections) and Twitter (@PolarisHD).

About Polaris Health Directions

Polaris recognizes that organizations cannot manage what they do not measure. Many behavioral health care providers and payers may not be collecting and analyzing enough of the right data to answer basic questions about the cost-effectiveness of the care they offer. Polaris's advanced technology and science driven assessment systems are designed to capture the clinical data essential to quality improvement and enhanced organizational management. Polaris solutions provide advanced analytics to help organizations improve and demonstrate to their customers the value of their care. With a focus on prediction, Polaris solutions do more than describe clinical change. Polaris systems also indicate if treatment is likely to have a positive result. Helping organizations make better decisions in the present by anticipating the future will be the difference in reducing their costs while improving patient care.
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