Ascension will participate in the sharing of real-world evidence and clinical best practices in support of The Biden Cancer Initiative’s call to find solutions that will double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer.

The Biden Cancer Initiative, founded by former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, EdD, in 2017, brings together a global network of patients, cancer researchers, cancer hospitals and community health centers, and the private and philanthropic sectors, to identify and address critical issues in cancer prevention.

Ascension’s commitment was announced at the annual Biden Cancer Initiative Summit in September along with commitments from health systems Inova Health, LSU Health and OhioHealth. Ascension’s involvement provides an opportunity to participate in a national data-sharing network called The Syapse Learning Health Network, which will offer open access to shared insights to inform treatment decisions and research initiatives in the advancement of cancer care.

Doug Reding, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Wisconsin, represented Ascension at the summit.

“Our commitment aligns with our national oncology service line precision medicine initiative dedicated to improving the sharing and knowledge-transfer of evidence-based data to improve outcomes by removing unnecessary clinical variation,” Dr. Reding said.

Ascension’s decision to participate in the The Syapse Learning Health Network is part of a national oncology service line initiative Dr. Reding is leading to improve cancer care through precision medicine.

“Implementing precision medicine capability hinges on our ability to access evidence-based learning from a larger pool of data that will improve the design of treatment plans more tailored to a patient’s clinical and molecular profile,” he said. “The Syapse Learning Health Network will allow us to share our Ascension data and gain access to data and physicians from hundreds of hospitals and thousands of new cancer cases annually.”

The Biden Cancer Initiative Summit is an annual forum of more than 450 community summits held nationwide, bringing together thousands of healthcare professionals to focus national attention on the urgency to create solutions in the fight against cancer.

“Our participation in the Biden Cancer Initiative offers us another key national platform to collaborate with leading healthcare professionals, share best practices, and have an action-oriented dialogue that supports rapid advancement of cancer care treatment nationwide,” Dr. Reding said.

Click here to learn more about Ascension’s participation in the Syapse Learning Health Network.