Planning and Delivery of Radiation

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Summary

The purpose of the Planning and Delivery of Radiation (PDR) profile is to provide a standard approach for exchange of information related to radiation treatments. This kind of exchange enables greater unity between a patient’s Radiation Oncology Information System (ROIS) chart and the corresponding chart in the broader Health Information System (HIS). This assists providers who work primarily in the HIS to review information about their patients’ radiation treatments, and providers who work primarily in the ROIS to receive relevant patient details around planning treatments. Moreover, administrative functions run from the HIS, like data analytics, chart coding and release of information, can also include radiation information without requiring users to log in to multiple systems and manually synthesize data from multiple sources.

Benefits

Radiation therapy is a complex domain. Many organizations manage the planning and administration of such therapy electronically using dedicated specialty software systems. A Radiation Oncology Information System (ROIS) enables users to perform complex and specialized tasks related to the planning and delivery of radiation. At the same time, many healthcare organizations keep a single comprehensive health record for patients in a centralized software system, such as a Hospital Information System (HIS), which provides information access for users across disciplines so that all providers can make well-informed decisions about each patient’s care.

A provider wanting the complete picture of a patient would need access to both the ROIS and the HIS. Challenges with providing access and training for providers in both systems can lead to impediments for care. Some systems mitigate this risk through the use of other interoperability methods such as exchanging scheduling and charging data. The remaining gaps in information, however, are substantial and are often addressed by double documentation—identical data manually entered in two systems—if they are addressed at all.

The purpose of the Planning and Delivery of Radiation (PDR) profile is to provide a standard approach for exchange of information related to radiation treatments. This kind of exchange enables greater unity between a patient’s ROIS chart and the corresponding chart in the broader HIS. This assists providers who work primarily in the HIS to review information about their patients’ radiation treatments, and providers who work primarily in the ROIS to receive relevant patient details around planning treatments. Moreover, administrative functions run from the HIS, like data analytics, chart coding and release of information, can also include radiation information without requiring users to log in to multiple systems and manually synthesize data from multiple sources.

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  • Reporting workstations may retrieve, process and include details from Evidence Documents in reports

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IHE Radiology Technical Framework:

  • Vol. 1 - Section 5 (SWF Profile)
  • Vol. 2 - Sections 4.8 to 4.10, 4.14 to 4.19, and 4.23
  • Vol. 3 - Appendix E

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