Oncology Information System Supports Comprehensive Care
By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 31 Jan 2018
Image: An innovative integrates oncology disciplines for improved patient care (Photo courtesy of RaySearch Laboratories).
A next-generation oncology information system (OIS) connects all oncology disciplines, enabling users to fluidly coordinate tasks and ensure optimal use of resources.
The RaySearch Laboratories (Stockholm, Sweden) RayCare OIS is intended to support comprehensive cancer treatment by enabling a truly integrated approach across oncology disciplines, including radiation therapy (RT), chemotherapy, and surgery. Automated active workflows are highly configurable, and tasks for specific staff members can be created automatically, triggered by defined events. By continually monitoring the status of the workflow, RayCare will know the moment a task is completed, actively selecting the next step in the process without any further user interaction.
RayCare also provides total control over treatment scheduling and use of resources, ensuring optimal allocation of treatment machines, accounting for treatment needs, clinical staff schedules, and other key parameters. New tools support time management during tumor board meetings and provide a single interface for notes and data gathering. The system also automatically documents the discussion and decisions made for each patient. Follow-up actions can then be set within the system.
RayCare is also designed to store all clinical data acquired during workup, planning, treatment delivery and follow-up in a structured and accessible format that is suitable for data analysis, enabling advanced automated follow-up of treatment outcomes for future research. In addition, RayCare was designed as a machine learning OIS with unique capabilities that can be used to coordinate oncology tasks, supporting comprehensive cancer care organized around each patient’s needs.
“RayCare is fundamentally different compared to other OIS systems, and we have invested a great deal of time and effort into creating something that will truly change the way that cancer is treated,” said Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch Laboratories. “Our goal is to advance cancer treatment with high-performance tools that combine treatment planning, workflow and data management, resource optimization, machine learning, and follow-up in an effective way.”
RayCare integrates seamlessly with the RayStation treatment planning system, with proven algorithms allowing access to advanced features for clinical resource optimization, workflow automation, adaptive treatment, and clinical analytics.