Pack Health & Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health to Support Men with Prostate Cancer

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The longitudinal study will evaluate health self-efficacy and Patient-Reported Outcomes of men receiving a digital health coaching intervention for Prostate Cancer.

Birmingham, AL (PRUnderground) May 19th, 2020

Pack Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) today announced a longitudinal study with multi-site, community-based enrollment to evaluate the role and impact of digital health coaching for men with Prostate Cancer in the Delaware Valley. This study will evaluate health self-efficacy and Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) of men receiving Pack Health’s digital health coaching intervention for Prostate Cancer and has been funded through SKCC’s Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Biome Project.

“Side effects from the treatment of prostate cancer are common, and can significantly impact quality of life. Digital health coaching has the potential to provide support to patients wherever they are, and improve their lives” says Nathan Handley, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology at SKCC, the study’s principal investigator.

“Need is particularly high in the Delaware Valley, where patients can receive treatment at a wide variety of sites and may have limited access to a dedicated team that can provide supportive care,” adds coinvestigator Adam Dicker, MD, PhD, Enterprise SVP and Chair of Radiation Oncology at SKCC and Director of the Jefferson Center for Digital Health.

One hundred individuals will be enrolled in this program through a variety of outreach methods, focusing on community cancer support group networks and care delivery organizations. Each participant will be assigned a personal Health Advisor who will engage with them over a three-month period using a combination of at least one coaching call and four digital nudges (personalized follow up via text, email, or app, based on participant preference) per week to augment, but not replace, clinical care. These services will be provided at no cost to the patient.

“We’re excited to expand the reach of our Prostate Cancer program, which to date has been piloted only in Academic Medical Centers, to community-based settings,” says Dr. Kelly Brassil, Director of Medical Affairs for Pack Health. “This partnership will enable us to go deeper with a more diverse population, to better understand and address social determinants of health in the context of Prostate Cancer.”

Jefferson is reimagining health care and education to create unparalleled value. Jefferson is more than 30,000 people strong, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, preparing tomorrow’s professional leaders for 21st century careers, and discovering new treatments to define the future of care. Thomas Jefferson University, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, dates back to 1824 and today comprises 10 colleges and three schools offering 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 8,100 students. Jefferson Health serves patients through millions of encounters each year at 14 hospitals and over 40 care locations throughout the region.

About Pack Health

Pack Health is an evidence-based patient engagement platform that helps change health behaviors to close gaps in care and improve outcomes. Pack Health comprehensively addresses chronic conditions, comorbidities, social determinants, and barriers. The model is proven to drive results across industries, including life sciences, health plans, and research. For more information, visit

In 2022, Pack Health was acquired by Quest Diagnostics, the nation’s leading provider of diagnostic information services. Pack Health is part of Quest’s Extended Care portfolio of services designed to facilitate access to care beyond traditional healthcare settings. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States.

Pack Health is intended to be an aid for people to gain insights into ways to help improve their general health and well-being.

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