GICS is undertaking a review of the administrative processes related to multi-disciplinary meetings (MDMs), in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness, and to create a model of sustainability.
GICS currently manages 7 MDM streams, totaling 112 meetings in 2015 and 115 meetings scheduled for 2016. In 2014/15, 797 discussions occurred, for 626 individual patients. GICS currently expends $165,000 pa resourcing the administration of MDMs, and has been coordinating these meetings since 2008.
MDMs have now become accepted best practice within health services for patients with a cancer diagnosis, and there is now a push for health services to take on the administration of MDMs. In order to support health services with this transition, the review aims to ensure staff are utilising the most efficient systems and processes.
Following on from the Better MDMs workshop held in August, the GICS team have been working in the background on process improvement ideas, to reduce the amount of "noise" - or unproductive time in the MDM process. These ideas are: