Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC)

The Challenge

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men and the second leading cause of death in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Since 2014, the incidence of prostate cancer has increased by 3% per year and by 5% per year for advanced stage prostate cancer. Approximately 1 in 5 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

What We Do

Our Solution

The Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC), launched in 2015, is a quality improvement initiative managed by the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) that brings urology practices together in a physician-led, data-sharing and improvement collaborative aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer. PURC is one of the few physician-led urology collaboratives and data registries of its kind in the nation. The collaborative takes an innovative approach as a convener of urologists across multiple states in the mid-Atlantic region to standardize care and improve outcomes. A key component of PURC is its data registry where patient-level data on prostate cancer patients are captured and provides practice sites with real time analytics and benchmarking for quality improvement and research purposes.

Program Impact

Patients entered into registry
Practice Sites
Active Urologists

PURC Program Infographic

“The privilege to collaborate with the brightest minds in prostate cancer care has been the most rewarding. It is amazing to see such a diverse group of urologists and health networks committing time and effort toward a common goal – to improve quality in prostate cancer care.”

– Serge Ginzburg, MD, Jefferson Health – Einstein.

I have found the ability to collaborate with my colleagues across the region as the most valuable aspect of working with PURC. Without organizations such as PURC, it is easy to become isolated at your own institution. Collaboratives such as PURC open our eyes to different ideas and opinions from physicians at other centers that I would not have otherwise encountered.

– Adam Reese, MD; Temple University Hospital

PURC is a remarkably collegial and interactive group all working together collaboratively to improve care for the prostate cancer patient. When compared to other quality programs or data sets, I find that PURC gives me information and ideas that I can take back and implement immediately. Collectively, this is highly appealing to our patients but also to providers who understand that it is our data that is driving changes to improve care.

– Jay Raman, MD; Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Program Details

For more information or to get involved, contact Meghan Smith, Project Manager.

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