Cancer Informatics

How is cancer informatics used to help patients?

By synthesizing the unstructured and structured data contained in a patient's medical record, cancer informatics platforms like the Navya Cancer Data Model can summarize patient data to help oncologists and care teams review patient records with greater efficiency. The platform also enables rapid, multidisciplinary expert review through virtual asynchronous tumor boards. This end-to-end solution reduces the time it takes oncologists to make critical treatment decisions for each patient. Reducing time-to-treatment saves lives.

Patients also benefit from the extrapolation of complex clinical terms into a "Patient Report" written in plain and simple language. This report summarizes the expert opinions and provides supplemental educational content for the patient and their family.

The entire workflow described above can be completed within a median turnaround time of 24 hours.

When did Navya enter the cancer informatics sector?

Navya Network, Inc. was founded in 2010 in Cambridge, MA, USA. The company began its mission in cancer informatics by partnering with leading cancer centers to enable rapid, online, multi-disciplinary expert reviews and 2nd opinion services. Operating in Bangalore, India as "Navya Care" since 2012, the company offers cancer patients affordable personalized cancer treatment plans from expert oncologists in India and the U.S. The company's B2C model has been used to help more than 80,000 cancer patients from across India and surrounding countries.

The Navya team expanded its portfolio by developing and delivering the Navya Cancer Data Model for the U.S., U.K., and EU markets in 2020. The Navya Cancer Data Model is a cancer-specific ontology derived from published medical evidence, clinical trial data, patient information (treatment history, medical records, and treatment preferences), and structured treatment options from leading cancer experts. The result is a compact representation of clinically necessary and sufficient terms required by an oncologist at the time of treatment selection.

Can Navya map to industry standard data models?

Yes, Navya structured data can be mapped to standard vocabularies including SNOMED, ICD9, CPT, and LOINC. Based on our experience in updating, expanding, and migrating the Navya Cancer Data Model we've developed expertise in the complexities of mapping terms between ontologies. Navya provides rich interfaces that allow trained staff to review programmatically identified mappings, and disambiguate terms.

Navya Products

Which solutions can Navya offer?

The "Navya Cancer Data Model" accelerates treatment decision-making by up to 90%. The suite of solutions below can be acquired individually, or packaged together.

The "ExpertApp" is a workflow engine that generates a structured "Case Summary" from the patient's medical records and offers "Structured Treatment Options" derived from evidence and expert opinions. The ExpertApp enables a consensus-driven treatment decision via asynchronous virtual tumor boards. Once the treatment decision has been made, the ExpertApp automatically translates the scientific language shared among clinical experts into a "Patient Letter" - outlining the oncologist's proposed treatment plan - in terms that are easy to read by the patient and family.

How does Navya convert unstructured data for their Case Summaries?

The Navya Cancer Data Model was designed to answer the critical questions that patients and doctors face at the moment of treatment selection. This is by far the most demanding scenario in a clinical data model.

The Navya Cancer Data Model is designed as a search application to output clinically meaningful results on the adequacy of data to make decisions on treatment selection and clinical trial eligibility.

The Navya Cancer Data Model provides a rich representation of the universe of clinical data elements necessary to make a clinical decision for an individual patient. Contact us for a detailed workflow map.

Are results from Navya accepted by clinicians?

In IRB-approved clinical validation trials conducted between 2013 and 2017, Tata Memorial Hospital and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center demonstrated concordance of the Navya Cancer Data Model matched evidence-based treatment options with multidisciplinary tumor board decisions and NCCN Guidelines. (SABCS 2014, ASCO 2016, SABCS 2017).

In a recent study co-authored by faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and presented at ASCO 2021, the Navya Cancer Data Model enabled cancer experts to review clinical record summaries in an average time of <4 minutes and make a treatment decision with ease in 95.7% of cases. Other clinical validations and patient impact studies are available on our Scientific Conferences page.

In a separate study co-authored by two leading cancer providers in India (Tata Memorial Hospital and The National Cancer Grid) and presented at ASCO 2017, 73% of patients shared the Navya "Structured Treatment Options" with their treating oncologists, and 78% received the recommended treatments.

In a study co-authored by the same two groups and presented at ASCO 2020, the online services provided by Navya resulted in 50% of patients changing their treatment decision from non-guidelines compliant to guidelines compliant care.

Is the Navya Cancer Data Model scalable?

Yes. When oncologists or care team members are tasked with structuring complex patient records comprising hundreds of pages of reports i.e. clinical history, diagnosis, and treatments, a significant amount of high-value time is spent on record summarization instead of care delivery. This approach cannot scale to tens of thousands of patients. Moreover, using nursing or clinician time to review unstructured reports (vs. offering structured storytelling) is an extremely inefficient use of scarce resources.

Furthermore, structured case summaries can be searched for insights at a granular level of individual patient data, such as details within treatment histories, toxicities, and treatment responses. These may be utilized to find patients that match specific eligibility criteria for clinical trials or to explore possibilities with real-world evidence. This outcome is not possible without structuring based on technology and a data model.

Has Navya output data been validated?

A retrospective trial of Navya’s Evidence Engine revealed that our structured treatment recommendations are 98.6% concordant with the decisions of tumor boards and expert oncologists at The UCLA Olive View Medical Center and Tata Memorial Centre.

In a study presented at SABCS 2017 and NCCN 2018, patients experienced a 97% reduction in anxiety by receiving Navya's "Structured Treatment Options" within 24 hours. In another study presented at ESMO 2019, patients saved 3-5 days and over $1,800 out-of-pocket expenses by leveraging online expert reviews vs. waiting for in-person consultations. The Navya solution is conducive to delivering a high-quality experience to patients, experts, and hospitals, and saves time and cost by leveraging a semi-automated clinical record summarization and patient report generation technology driven by NCDM.

How does Navya protect patient data?

Navya stores patient data on a virtual private cloud in compliance with local and international standards. We do not disclose any identifying information without patients' explicit consent.

Navya Clinical Partners and Customers

Which healthcare providers use the Navya Cancer Data Model?

Navya works with leading healthcare providers across regional markets. Two of our leading North American clients include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NYC, NY), and the University Health Network's Princess Margaret Cancer Center (Toronto, ON).

Our partner customers in India include the Tata Memorial Hospital, The National Cancer Grid (comprising 25 Regional Cancer Centers), Apollo Hospitals, Medi Assist Healthcare Services, Ltd, and The India Cancer Society,

Request for Proposal

What is the average turnaround time for an RFP?

Please contact us toll-free at 833 Navya US (833 628-9287) or by email at if you'd like us to respond to an RFP. We can typically provide an RFP response within one week on the following topics related to the Navya Network and the Navya Cancer Data Model:

  • Executive Summary
  • Staff Profiles
  • Navya Cancer Data Model Use Cases
  • Navya Workflow
  • Published Outcomes
  • Clinical User References
  • Features and Functionality
  • Quality Management System
  • Technical System Requirements
  • Architectural Integration Diagram of Inputs and Outputs
  • Application Interfaces
  • Information Security
  • Product and Service Security
  • Workstation Client
  • Operations and Networking
  • Support and Maintenance
  • System Documentation
  • Warranty
  • Implementation Process
  • Training
  • Contract Requirements
  • System Costs

Contact the Navya Network Team

How can I contact the Navya Network Team?

You can reach us toll-free by phone at +1 (617) 335-1873.

Or by email at or these email addresses:

Co-Founder: Gitika Srivastava

Co-Founder: Naresh Ramarajan, M.D.

How many employees work at Navya?

More than 200 professionals are employed by Navya.