Oncology information system for paperless and filmless cancer clinics

5 November 2005

Denver, USA. The ARIA Oncology Information Management System, is a new real-time management system and database product from Varian Medical Systems for operating filmless and paperless cancer clinics that offer radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or surgery. It integrates rapid image processing and treatment machine controls for all types of radiotherapy, including advanced forms of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).

ARIA is suitable for managing cancer treatment centres as well as stand-alone radiation oncology or medical oncology departments in hospitals and clinics. It incorporates a robust set of medical oncology tools for managing chemotherapy treatment regimens. It supports all forms of radiotherapy, including fully automated IGRT and dynamic adaptive radiotherapy (DART(TM)) — an emerging approach for more personalized cancer care that involves using daily image data to adapt a patient's treatment based on constantly evolving information about changes in tumour shape, size, and position.

"ARIA is our most comprehensive software solution to date for managing advanced clinical, administrative, and financial processes in a completely paperless environment," said Dow Wilson, President of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "It interconnects all clinical functions and radiotherapy devices, and provides clinical staff members with up-to-the-minute information whenever and wherever they need it within the department, so they can make sound clinical decisions quickly at every point in a patient's course of treatment."

"Varian Medical Systems has been honing its information management solution for more than a decade," said Wilson. "ARIA represents the apex of those efforts. It incorporates capabilities that are not available in competing systems, such as streamlined review of 2D and 3D images for rapid treatment plan adaptation, extensive and flexible HL7 and DICOM connectivity, an extremely robust medical oncology module, and clinical trial administration. ARIA is part of our ongoing commitment to making higher standards of cancer care available to more patients around the world."

ARIA is an open architecture product that supports multi-vendor clinics. It can easily share information with other Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), while enabling treatment centres to comply fully with patient privacy regulations.

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