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Past Projects


Colorectal Cancer Screening Enhancement

Colorectal cancer is preventable, if appropriate screening takes place. Simply, if we screen more patients, we will find more precancerous polyps that can be removed. Current estimates are that 30% of men and 20% of women who have never been screened for CRC have precancerous polyps. An effective colonoscopy with biopsy can save a patient 90% of what it would cost to treat a cancer in the earliest stages.  Lancaster General Health Physicians is currently screening 72.8 % of eligible patients. LGHP has over 67,000 patients that qualify for CRC screening, meaning that nearly 20,000 patients have not been screened. This project seeks to test all the assumptions for why patients hesitate to get screened. By remotely educating, engaging and navigating patients for CRC screening before and after primary care visits, the clinical team will better understand and be able to overcome patients’ hesitation to screening.  This knowledge, in turn, will increase the total percentage of patients who complete this screening.

Project Champion, Dr. Brian Young, Medical Director Transformation and Primary Care


SAM: Symptom Assessment Management in Oncology through Digital Patient-Reported Outcomes

Cancer patients fight to survive both their disease and the side effects of treating it. In the turmoil of such uncertainty and physical and emotional challenges, patients often hold back from disclosing significant treatment side effects for fear that clinicians will alter or stop therapy. When combined with clinicians underestimating symptom severity, these factors not only contribute to lower quality of life for patients, they can also drive increased health care expenditure through potentially unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations. This project aims to engage, educate, and guide high-risk patients to take charge of their health. The creation of Symptom Assessment Management (SAM) in Oncology will significantly improve the clinical team’s ability to communicate with patients, control symptoms, reduce hospitalizations, and improve quality of life.

Project Champion, Amy Jo Pixley, Nurse Navigator, Oncology Clinical Support


The 2019 class for the Innovation Accelerator Program at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has over 30 programs preceding it at the Center at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about previous classes.