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....

Exciting News about the 2013 Plan Challenge

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Radiation Oncology Resources (known as “ROR”) is rolling out details on the 2013 Plan Challenge, and it sounds like they’re practicing what they preach when it comes to the mindset of continual improvement. This year’s edition has new initiatives to take it up a notch when it comes to engaging the treatment planning community. Read all about it and catch an interview with two of ROR’s clinicians here....

Quality Reports [EMR] Commercially Released

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Today, customized EMR for modern radiation therapy takes a giant leap forward with the commercial release of Quality Reports [EMR], version 1.0. The first wave of customers span the United States coast-to-coast, from North Carolina to Oregon. These new customers join an already strong base of clinical research partners who have been using the software for many months and who have submitted five related studies to annual professional meetings in North America (e.g. four submissions to ASTRO 2013) pharmacie belgique viagra.

Quality Reports [EMR]™ software, designed specifically for modern radiation therapy, generates advanced, customizable electronic reports for the patient EMR/EHR system. Quality Reports [EMR]: 1) works with all planning systems, R&V, and delivery modalities, interfacing via DICOM storage and archive; 2) automates protocols (or physician-specific goals) via quantitative, user-defined collections of critical plan metrics; and 3) creates/manages “histories” of plan quality, enabling continual improvement and ensuring meaningful use of the EMR....

ROR Announces New Webinars as We Near the Commercial Release of Quality Reports [EMR]

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Radiation Oncology Resources announced today three new webinars to introduce Quality Reports [EMR]. These webinars will take place on Feb. 20, Feb. 27, and March 1 and you can go here to register.

The commercial release date is currently estimated to be February 23rd, 2013, with February 25th (Monday) as the launch date for all of you who have pre-ordered the software....

Quality Reports [EMR] Begins Validation Phase

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Quality Reports [EMR] software will begin official validation testing on February 4, 2013. This is the final phase of testing this new, exciting product.

Thankfully, we have some great validation partners who have been using the software regularly for clinical EMR, powerful & automated protocols, plan quality assessment, and research. I would like to personally thank Goshen Hospital (Goshen, IN), Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL), and especially the great folks at L’Hôpital Rosemont-Maissoneuve (Montreal, Quebec) who have been giving excellent feedback for so many months. Merci Beaucoup, mes amis.

And last but not least, I thank my partners in this endeavor – the talented CMD’s at Radiation Oncology Resources: Greg, Kyle, Adam, Steve, and Sharath. We’ve come a long way fellas, but it’s only the beginning.

** Update: February 23rd ** Quality Reports [EMR] onsite validation is complete! Design transfer tests will be run using the “customer portal” for product and documentation downloads during the week of February 25th. User documentation and a special video training series will also be finishing up soon, wrapping up version 1.0 and allowing the official commercial release by ~March 8th....

New Publication Explores 4D Dose QA

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Check out our new publication called “Motion as a perturbation: Measurement-guided dose estimates to moving patient voxels during modulated arc deliveries,” published in the about-to-be-hot-off-the-press issue of Medical Physics (February 2013). This work was another great collaboration with Dr. Vladimir Feygelman and his team at Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL).

** Update February 11th ** This publication was recently named one of the “Editor’s Picks” for volume 40(2) of Medical Physics. This means that you can download the full paper PDF for free from the Medical Physics website.

This was a real labor of love for all of us. A tough bit of work, lots of moving parts (pun intended), but well worth the effort. And now the real fun begins…simulating clinical SBRT plans delivered to moving targets by highly dynamic rotating VMAT fields....