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Health Innovation Matters

Aug 26, 2021

Aneel chats with Dr. Gregory Vidal, a medical oncologist and clinical research leader for breast oncology at West Cancer Center & Research Institute and Aubrey Kelly, CEO of Rabble Health, a digital patient engagement company in Thousand Oaks, California.  The guests discuss their Cancer Care Pathways Initiative, which recently conducted the first analysis of breast cancer care involving data from the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center (MWCBC). Rabble Health collected data and performed an assessment of 81 patients of varying race, age, zip codes and gender receiving care at the Breast Center.

The key findings were:

  • MWCBC offers a rare full-service breast health center that addresses the entire spectrum of patient needs, from preventative measures to diagnosis, cancer treatment and survivorship.
  • Over 70% of patients needing a biopsy received the procedure within 5 days of their initial mammogram. The national average is 14 days (cited here).
  • Over 92% of women needing surgery received the procedure within 40 days of their initial mammogram. The national average is between 39 – 42 days (cited here).

The key recommendations were::

  • Increase screening focus into high incidence and mortality zip codes
  • Strengthen partnerships with surrounding entities to further promote breast screenings and coordination of access, literacy, and funding
  • Implementation of community-based activities and mobile units
  • Continue this same analysis moving forward to assess operational success (i.e. outcomes patient experience, cost/risk, and patient education)

This episode is sponsored by the West Cancer Center & Research Institute, the MidSouth’s leader in adult oncology care. As they say at West Cancer Center, “we can and we care.” For more information, visit