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URMC, Interlakes to expand collaboration

By SMRITI JACOB - 8/14/2013 4:55:51 PM

The University of Rochester Medical Center and Interlakes Oncology and Hematology P.C. Wednesday said they have entered talks to expand their collaboration. A formal deal, which includes a $1 million investment from URMC in an electronic medical records system, is expected to close by the end of the year.

Representatives from both parties have been meeting for the last several weeks to discuss how to further expand the organizations’ existing ties, which currently includes co-located oncology services at the Sands Cancer Center at Thompson Health, as well as the ability for Interlake’s patients to participate in URMC-lead clinical trials, officials said.

“An enhanced collaboration would help both organizations deliver more complete, higher quality cancer care to patients in Monroe and Ontario counties by leveraging the strengths and networks of both organizations,” URMC CEO Bradford Berk M.D. said in a statement.

An expanded agreement would provide URMC patients with greater access to medical oncology services through Interlakes’ locations while Interlakes would get access to URMC’s cancer research, clinical trials and expertise. An electronic medical records system would let patients move more easily through the network to ensure they are receiving specialized cancer care, while maintaining continuity of care, officials said.

“Our mission is to ensure that our patients receive the best and most advanced care in the area from highly experienced doctors and nurses. An expanded collaboration with URMC will provide additional support to our current oncologists and nurses to help us to fulfill this promise,” said Alexander Solky, M.D., president of Interlakes Oncology and Hematology, in a statement.

Interlakes Oncology and Hematology is an oncology and hematology practice with offices in Brighton, Greece, Brockport, Canandaigua and Geneva. Its proposed agreement with URMC would be subject to regulatory approval.
    
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