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Visualization of data in radiotherapy using web services for optimization of workflow.

Kirrmann S, Gainey M, Röhner F, Hall M, Bruggmoser G, Schmucker M, Heinemann FE - Radiat Oncol (2015)

Bottom Line: After the results were collated, it was necessary to select an effective software platform.Due to widespread use of web-based technology the training effort was effectively nil, since practically every member of staff can master the use of a web-browser.Moreover, we have achieved high acceptance amongst staff members and have improved our effectiveness resulting in a considerable time saving.

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Affiliation: Klinik für Strahlenheilkunde, Department für Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Robert Koch Str. 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany. Stefan.Kirrmann@uniklinik-freiburg.de.

ABSTRACT

Background: Every day a large amount of data is produced within a radiotherapy department. Although this data is available in one form or other within the centralised systems, it is often not in the form which is of interest to the departmental staff. This work presents a flexible browser based reporting and visualization system for clinical and scientific use, not currently found in commercially available software such as MOSAIQ(TM) or ARIA(TM). Moreover, the majority of user merely wish to retrieve data and not record and/or modify data. Thus the idea was conceived, to present the user with all relevant information in a simple and effective manner in the form of web-services. Due to the widespread availability of the internet, most people can master the use of a web-browser. Ultimately the aim is to optimize clinical procedures, enhance transparency and improve revenue.

Methods: Our working group (BAS) examined many internal procedures, to find out whether relevant information suitable for our purposes lay therein. After the results were collated, it was necessary to select an effective software platform. After a more detailed analysis of all data, it became clear that the implementation of web-services was appropriate. In our institute several such web-based information services had already been developed over the last few years, with which we gained invaluable experience. Moreover, we strived for high acceptance amongst staff members.

Results: By employing web-services, we attained high effectiveness, transparency and efficient information processing for the user. Furthermore, we achieved an almost maintenance-free and low support system. The aim of the project, making web-based information available to the user from the departmental system MOSAIQ, physician letter system MEDATEC(R) and the central finding server MiraPlus (laboratory, pathology and radiology) were implemented without restrictions.

Conclusion: Due to widespread use of web-based technology the training effort was effectively nil, since practically every member of staff can master the use of a web-browser. Moreover, we have achieved high acceptance amongst staff members and have improved our effectiveness resulting in a considerable time saving. The many MOSAIQ-specific parts of the system can be readily used by departments which use MOSAIQ as the departmental system.

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Mentions: In order to achieve an optimal result, the requirements of the users within our clinic were analysed and documented. After the results were collated, the selection of the appropriate tools and platforms followed. In addition, clear criteria were discussed and defined in setting up the project. In Table 1 the selection criteria such as platform independence, parameterization, use of standards and so on are shown. The aim was to develop a control and retrieval system for all necessary radiotherapy related information, which above all is easy to use, highly effective and incorporates unproblematic handling. In Figure 1 the classic method, which is still the most common manner of data processing and visualization platforms in clinics, is shown [8]. This form of data processing occurs in practically all systems that record, manage and present data. The disadvantages of this mode of operation have already been mentioned above (Background). Furthermore, in order to use these programs time intensive teaching is required. This makes the maintenance and operation of the system laborious for the system administrator and user.Table 1


Visualization of data in radiotherapy using web services for optimization of workflow.

Kirrmann S, Gainey M, Röhner F, Hall M, Bruggmoser G, Schmucker M, Heinemann FE - Radiat Oncol (2015)

Retrieval of data with clients.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4307130&req=5

Fig1: Retrieval of data with clients.
Mentions: In order to achieve an optimal result, the requirements of the users within our clinic were analysed and documented. After the results were collated, the selection of the appropriate tools and platforms followed. In addition, clear criteria were discussed and defined in setting up the project. In Table 1 the selection criteria such as platform independence, parameterization, use of standards and so on are shown. The aim was to develop a control and retrieval system for all necessary radiotherapy related information, which above all is easy to use, highly effective and incorporates unproblematic handling. In Figure 1 the classic method, which is still the most common manner of data processing and visualization platforms in clinics, is shown [8]. This form of data processing occurs in practically all systems that record, manage and present data. The disadvantages of this mode of operation have already been mentioned above (Background). Furthermore, in order to use these programs time intensive teaching is required. This makes the maintenance and operation of the system laborious for the system administrator and user.Table 1

Bottom Line: After the results were collated, it was necessary to select an effective software platform.Due to widespread use of web-based technology the training effort was effectively nil, since practically every member of staff can master the use of a web-browser.Moreover, we have achieved high acceptance amongst staff members and have improved our effectiveness resulting in a considerable time saving.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Klinik für Strahlenheilkunde, Department für Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Robert Koch Str. 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany. Stefan.Kirrmann@uniklinik-freiburg.de.

ABSTRACT

Background: Every day a large amount of data is produced within a radiotherapy department. Although this data is available in one form or other within the centralised systems, it is often not in the form which is of interest to the departmental staff. This work presents a flexible browser based reporting and visualization system for clinical and scientific use, not currently found in commercially available software such as MOSAIQ(TM) or ARIA(TM). Moreover, the majority of user merely wish to retrieve data and not record and/or modify data. Thus the idea was conceived, to present the user with all relevant information in a simple and effective manner in the form of web-services. Due to the widespread availability of the internet, most people can master the use of a web-browser. Ultimately the aim is to optimize clinical procedures, enhance transparency and improve revenue.

Methods: Our working group (BAS) examined many internal procedures, to find out whether relevant information suitable for our purposes lay therein. After the results were collated, it was necessary to select an effective software platform. After a more detailed analysis of all data, it became clear that the implementation of web-services was appropriate. In our institute several such web-based information services had already been developed over the last few years, with which we gained invaluable experience. Moreover, we strived for high acceptance amongst staff members.

Results: By employing web-services, we attained high effectiveness, transparency and efficient information processing for the user. Furthermore, we achieved an almost maintenance-free and low support system. The aim of the project, making web-based information available to the user from the departmental system MOSAIQ, physician letter system MEDATEC(R) and the central finding server MiraPlus (laboratory, pathology and radiology) were implemented without restrictions.

Conclusion: Due to widespread use of web-based technology the training effort was effectively nil, since practically every member of staff can master the use of a web-browser. Moreover, we have achieved high acceptance amongst staff members and have improved our effectiveness resulting in a considerable time saving. The many MOSAIQ-specific parts of the system can be readily used by departments which use MOSAIQ as the departmental system.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus