Monthly Archives: June 2013

Project Icarus: Getting the ball rolling…

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The interest in “Project Icarus” was overwhelming at the AAMD meeting this year. I attribute this to the ambition, zeal, and energy of the professional radiation therapy planning community!

I also had many private conversations with planners who are hungry to learn and grow in their craft, and to contribute to (or help lead)  useful, relevant research projects to advance the field. However, many do not feel like they have the opportunities to do so. Others feel like they don’t have the support of their peers or supervisors. This is another reason I am excited about Project Icarus – it has the potential to grow into a community of like-minded planners seeking to connect with peers across the country to learn useful stuff and do good things. No matter where you work, what your title, or your level of experience, you can make a difference.

There were about 100 or so people sign up at AAMD to get more info about how to join Project Icarus, and there is no reason to cap it there, so spread the word. I will be preparing a simple web headquarters for “Icarus RT” where people can go to sign up, download software, share knowledge, and connect into research sub-groups. I will also be leading ~monthly Icarus training, Q&A, and idea-generation web meetings. Stay tuned for all of that…

For now, we need to get the ball rolling to figure out where we stand. I have prepared an online survey to get the ball rolling. Please take a minute or two to respond and submit. Also, if you would like to sign up and were not at the AAMD meeting, please send your name, clinic name, and email address via this contact link. For those of you who did sign up, I’m recording your contacts and will send an email by the end June 24 (Monday). If you don’t get an email and *you did* sign up, then it means I entered your email wrong or my email got filtered, so go to the contact link (above) and re-enter your info.

Let’s get this going....

ROR-US Oncology: Quality Reports Technology Integral to Landmark Agreement

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Great news! Today, the US Oncology Network (USON) and Radiation Oncology Resources (ROR) announced a landmark deal for a network-wide quality system to be integrated for the vast network of USON clinicians. This quality system will help ensure the highest quality of care and set new standards of evidence-based medicine. I am proud to say that Quality Reports [EMR] is the integral technology component to be used by ROR for benchmarking and quality improvement of radiation treatment plans.

Congratulations to both ROR and USON for your commitment to advancing quality of radiation therapy. Your wise decision and hard work will enhance the standard of care for a great many cancer patients.

Here are links to the full press release: From the “Daily Finance” website…and from ROR’s website....