'Atlas' Uncovers Hidden Parts of Cancer Care

'Atlas' Uncovers Hidden Parts of Cancer Care'Atlas' Uncovers Hidden Parts of Cancer Care

In contemporary cancer care, it can be easy to overlook that our patients' health is shaped not just by doctors, nurses, and other professionals directly involved in treating their disease. Patients also increasingly rely on networks of informal caregivers who volunteer in numerous and crucial ways, including organizing their appointments, providing assistance with the physical tasks of daily living, and mitigating the isolation and fear triggered by a life-threatening illness. How do you capture the value of such a vast, but often hidden, component of contemporary healthcare, not only in purely transactional terms but also in its full human scope? For Rajiv Mehta, the founder of Atlas of Caregiving, the answer is simple: You put it on a map—specifically, one that offers a visual representation of everything involved in a patient's care. What Does an Atlas CareMap Entail? Mehta began his career as a research scientist at NASA, after which he spent years leading innovation in technology and business development at successful companies. He then became interested in applying his skills and training to help individuals to visualize, understand, and then take action to strengthen their loved ones' ecosystem of care. Since 2016, Atlas of Caregiving has done just that by directly teaching hundreds of people how to make use of their Atlas CareMap. First, the patient identifies caregivers. The working definition of caregiving is everything a person does to assist a relative or friend who is dealing with illness, disability, injury, or frailty. Second, the patient draws a personal map, an example ...
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