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Health care reform, specifically the HITECH Act, is transforming the way patients and doctors will interact as our healthcare system digitizes health information. For cancer patients, new technology will give them easier access to their medical records and personalized health information when it's most relevant so they can be more engaged in their care. But do patients want to be more engaged? Navigating Cancer surveyed 295 cancer patients and found the majority, 72%, was interested in using personalized tools and resources to manage their care. Specifically, 77% were interested in reading cancer education materials from expert sources, and 74% were interested in having online access to their medical records. Not surprisingly, activities that require more energy from patients received less enthusiasm with 47% interested in recording their symptoms and side effects during treatment in an online health journal, and 46% interested in using an online guide to help them plan for doctor visits. However, this data demonstrates that nearly half of patients see value in these activities and are willing to take a more active role in their care, even when they are dealing with a debilitating illness.

"Our survey confirms that cancer patients want to be engaged in their care and are comfortable using online technology to do so," said Navigating Cancer CEO, Gena Cook. "We're committed to working with oncologists to develop technology that makes it easier for patients to be engaged in meaningful ways so they can receive better quality care." Click the link to see more results from Navigating Cancer's Patient Engagement Survey.

About Navigating Cancer Navigating Cancer's vision is to transform healthcare through patient centered care by using technology to connect cancer patients to their healthcare team, their own health records, and the right information at the right time. Navigating Cancer's Patient Engagement Portal provides oncology practices with a branded, online extension of their care model, empowering them to save time and money while providing better quality care. The company was founded in 2008 by technology and healthcare veterans and is based in Seattle, Washington.

SOURCE Navigating Cancer -0- 05/08/2012 /CONTACT: Brendon Smyth, Navigating Cancer Marketing Director, 1-800-925-4456, brendon@navigatingcancer.com /Web Site: http://www.navigatingcancer.com CO: Navigating Cancer ST: Washington IN: HEA CPR SU: SVY PRN -- SF02644 -- 0000 05/08/2012 11:35:00 EDT http://www.prnewswire.c

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