Allegheny Health Network’s Cancer Institute spearheading evaluation of platform for improving outcomes and lowering costs of treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer
Highmark Health announced today that through its VITAL Innovation Program, it is testing Biocept, Inc.’s Target Selector™ liquid biopsy platform designed to help oncologists improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The goals of the collaboration are to improve health outcomes by using liquid biopsy to more rapidly assess a patient’s molecular status and select appropriate therapy, while reducing the overall cost of care.
A test-and-learn platform, the unique VITAL program leverages Highmark Health’s position as the nation’s second largest integrated delivery and financing system. VITAL facilitates real-world testing of early-stage health innovations, producing evidence related to patient experience, and care and cost outcomes. The evidence may accelerate an innovation’s coverage and utilization by health plans and care delivery systems, fast-tracking the solution to patients and supporting swifter marketplace adoption.
More than 100 patients of Highmark Health-affiliated Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute will participate in the evaluation of the Biocept (NASDAQ: BIOC) platform as a method of improving the molecular profiling rate of advanced NSCLC. During the evaluation, the Biocept platform will molecularly profile the liquid biopsies of newly diagnosed, treatment-naïve advanced NSCLC patients and NSCLC patients progressing after initial therapy. These patients will also receive tissue biopsy as part of the evaluation. [Read more…]