Pilot implementation to assess the feasibility and care team impact of an app-based interactive care plan to remotely monitor breast cancer survivors

Daniela L. Stan, Jonathan W. Inselman, Jennifer L. Ridgeway, Kaley N. Johnson, Laura A. Christopherson, Samantha M. McColley, Julie K. Brown, Sarah A. Phillips, Summer V. Allen, Jennifer K. Hazelton, Kathryn J. Ruddy, Tufia C. Haddad

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Purpose: To assess the feasibility of an app-based, electronic health record (EHR)-integrated, interactive care plan (ICP) for breast cancer (BC) survivors. Methods: A single-arm pilot study was conducted with female BC survivors. ICP tasks included quarterly quality of life (QOL) questionnaire; monthly assessments of fatigue, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, and recurrence symptoms; and daily activity reminders. Embedded decision trees escalated recurrence symptoms to providers. On-demand education was available for self-management of treatment-related toxicities. The primary objective was to assess patients’ engagement with ICP tasks against feasibility thresholds of 75% completion rate. Secondary objectives were evaluation of the system’s functionality to track and escalate symptoms appropriately, and care team impact measured by volume of escalation messages generated. We report preliminary results 6 months after the last patient enrolled. Results: Twenty-three patients enrolled August to November 2020. Mean age was 50.1 years. All patients engaged with at least one ICP task. The monthly average task completion rates were 62% for the QOL questionnaire, 59% for symptom assessments, and 37% for activity reminders. Task completion rate decreased over time. Eleven of 253 symptoms and QOL questionnaires (4.3%) generated messages for care escalation. Conclusion: Implementation of an app-based, EHR-integrated ICP in BC survivors was feasible and created minimal provider burden; however, patient engagement was below the feasibility threshold suggesting that changes may enhance broad implementation and adoption. Implications for Cancer Survivors: An ICP may facilitate remote monitoring, symptom control, and recurrence surveillance for cancer survivors as strategies to enhance patient engagement are applied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Cancer survivorship
  • Interactive care plan
  • Mobile application
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Self-management
  • Symptom control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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