Penn State Hershey Medical Center Debuts Breast Cancer Patient Education Tool Created by JPL at National Conference


A new mobile software tool to help surgeons improve patient care by standardizing breast cancer consultation will debut at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) Conference in Las Vegas today.

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The program is called Nurse BEDI, which stands for breast education decision aid instrument. The tool was created by Dr. Rena Kass, chair of the ASBS education committee and associate professor of surgery at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in collaboration with members of the ASBS education committee, Dr. Jane Schubart of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and JPL, a learning solutions company. It is supported in part by the American Cancer Society and the Penn State Hershey Department of Surgery.

The program is designed to help standardize patient education and consultation and streamline the process for surgeons. “The tool will aid in shared decision-making between the patient and the surgeon,” said Dr. Jane Schubart. “We want to make sure that all breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis, know the available treatment options and have easy access to educational materials,” she added.

During an office visit, a surgeon will use the mobile software tool on a tablet or computer to capture information on the patient regarding her condition. Then, the patient will be educated on information specific to her type of breast cancer and answer a few questions. The tool generates images and information tailored to each patient’s condition and explains treatment options. At the end of the learning session, a healthcare professional reviews the patient’s responses and provides additional assistance. The patient is able to ask more specific questions because she has already received the basic information from the mobile tool.

“We are excited to provide the Breast Educational Decision Aid Instrument to surgeons around the country and know it will help improve doctor-patient communications and patient care,” said Dr. Rena Kass.

The learning and support tool is in the prototype phase and the creators will use feedback from surgeons at the national conference, the medical community, and patients to shape the final version.