Feature | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | May 27, 2020 | By Reshu Gupta

Oncology Information Systems: How Promising is the Future?

Factors attributed for the market growth are a growing worldwide geriatric population along with rising prevalence of cancer, increasing investments in cancer research and technological advancements in OIS

Technology becomes a state-of-the-art tool when it gets exposed to a structure that constantly tests it and allows it to evolve.

Technology becomes a state-of-the-art tool when it gets exposed to a structure that constantly tests it and allows it to evolve. Getty Images

Reshu Gupta

Reshu Gupta

In the history of medicine, researchers have found cures for many diseases, but cancer has been elusive. The earliest mentions of the disease can be found in journals written a few millennia back. The fight against cancer is that old and is still ongoing. During the same period, a lot of epidemics were turned into easily treatable diseases with the assistance of evolving technologies. Tuberculosis, typhoid and malaria are some former deadly diseases that have been reduced to puppet-like structures in the hands of physicians from their previous Goliath-like presence. But cancer maintains its daunting existence. 

What bewilders researchers is the nature of cancer. It attacks a point and then creeps into other parts to cast its spell. The pattern is familiar, but the impact and the ways of affecting are not. It is not the same in two different patients. So, one solution would never work for all patients. That is why close monitoring and timely treatment are needed. Modern technologies are providing researchers ample opportunities to build an architecture where diverse sectors would be interconnected with a platform. The platform would hold all the information regarding treatment procedure, patient schedule and others. So, the workflow remains seamless. This is known as the oncology information system (OIS). 

The system has now turned more patient-centric. And, its success is evident from the funding this segment is receiving to innovate and transform the old models. 

The OIS System Gains Momentum

Cancer treatment is often a marathon-like process. No one expects it to be a quick treatment as the disease keeps putting on different facades and asks for constant attention. To keep up with it, a few things are needed — for instance, early diagnosis and then constant monitoring. In an expert stroke, the healthcare IT software providers introduced detailed OIS that can integrate several things, like comprehensive information and image management solutions. This integration can simplify the process of putting all patient data in one location, including treatment schedules, treatment delivery, treatment plans and treatment summaries. It further integrates communication between the radiation department and the healthcare enterprises. 

OIMS Strives to Reach Full Potential 

Technology becomes a state-of-the-art tool when it gets exposed to a structure that constantly tests it and allows it to evolve. It is almost impossible to plan everything beforehand or foresee all the puzzling issues that might jeopardize the process. It is the same with the oncology information system. In its attempt to become customer-centric, the tool can encounter several obstacles. For instance, difficulties in the integration of electronic medical records (EMR), minimal interference from vendors, lack of customization opportunities and others are some of the fundamental flaws. 

The technical aspect is something that requires special attention. But the constant changes in the progress rate of the disease is also creating troubles for it to stay updated. The sync is not always harmonious. Simultaneously, there are several players involved in the process and often their systems are ill-designed when it comes to collaborating smoothly. And updating associated software constantly would demand a hike in investment, which sometimes causes management to have their hands tied. 

The Promise of OIS

It is always enthralling to find different technologies collaborating and aiding each other to perform well. Inclusion of web-based technologies to improve performance and curb the cost is showing signs of progress for oncology information systems. Varian’s 360 Oncology, RaySearch Laboratories’ RayCare OIS and others are exploring the opportunities with these technologies. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving beneficial in the healthcare sector. For instance, DeepMind and Google Health are planning to launch a new AI that would detect breast cancer at an early stage. This depends on an algorithm the companies have developed based on the sample images they have scanned. The result is quite promising as it could provide fewer errors than a radiologist. 

But it is not stopping there. Analysts from the Institute of Cancer Research in London (ICR) and the University of Edinburgh have found a way to identify the growth pattern of cancer and predict various stages to promote better treatment procedures effectively. In fact, their study has shown some successes in finding the proper mutation of the tumor. 

The next step is to provide treatment recommendations and AI is not lagging behind. Pfizer’s collaboration with IBM Watson is using Watson’s AI cognitive ability to look at a patient’s information and predict the outcome of various treatments. 

Oncology information systems are fast becoming a part of the healthcare system that has its foundation in an intelligence-driven process. It is evident from the integration of Mosaiq’s oncology information system into Mosaiq’s Plaza. The latter’s alliance with Elekta radiotherapy systems is showing how effective oncology information systems are becoming. 

OIS Market Predictions

Global players are finding the OIS market quite promising. That is evident from the Chinese Hedy Group’s inking of the deal with Elekta cancer treatment systems that includes the much-acclaimed Mosaiq Oncology Information System and service. On the other hand, Elekta announced a deal with Institut Jules Bordet where the latter is planning to invest in Versa HD linear accelerators (linacs), an Elekta Unity MR-linac system and in the modification of Elekta Infinity linacs. This is not just exciting for cancer researchers, but also it would impact how the oncology information systems are going to perform in the coming years. Provision Healthcare’s plan to improve its proton therapy center in collaboration with RaySearch’s RayCare is a step forward in the direction of successful syncing of RayStation, RayCare and the ProNova delivery system. 

The competition to the top of the league is a promising sign for OIS. On one hand, it is ensuring the influx of funds for better research and developments. On the other, cancer research is going in new directions through effective communications between patients and service providers.


Reshu Gupta is senior web executive at Market Research Future (MRFR).

General reference: Oncology Information Systems Market Research Report – Global Forecast till 2023. Market Research Future. April 2020. https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/reports/oncology-information-systems-market-7080. Accessed April 13, 2020.

Related Content

News | Radiation Therapy | May 06, 2021
May 6, 2021 — Individuals living with severe...
Research finds that a commonly used risk-prediction model for lung cancer does not accurately identify high-risk Black patients who could benefit from early screening

Getty Images

News | Lung Imaging | May 05, 2021
May 5, 2021 — Lung cancer is the third most common cance
The emergence of #therapeutic #radiopharmaceuticals and its adoption in #cancer care provide one more weapon in combating cancer

Getty Images

Feature | Radiation Oncology | May 04, 2021 | By Vinay Shivaprasad
The term nuclear medicine is associated with the diag
Despite receiving high radiation doses to their tumors, lung cancer patients treated with technique that spares a large part of the esophagus did not develop severe inflammation of the esophagus

Getty Images

News | Lung Imaging | April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021 — For many patients with localized lung cance...
#prostatecancer During the first wave of the corona pandemic, 36 percent fewer men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Sweden than in previous years.

Getty Images

News | Prostate Cancer | April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021 — During the first wave of the corona pandemic, 36 percent fewer men were diagnosed with prostate canc
A 63-year-old multiple #myeloma patient, with skeletal pain. New #FDG avid axillary #lymphadenopathy 62 days (9 weeks) after second #mRNA #vaccination dose. Image used with permission of the Radiological Society of North America (#RSNA)

A 63-year-old multiple myeloma patient, with skeletal pain. New FDG avid axillary lymphadenopathy 62 days (9 weeks) after second mRNA vaccination dose. Image used with permission of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 29, 2021 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
A phase 1 clinical trial led by investigators at the University of Chicago Medicine testing the effects of stereotactic body radiotherapy for treating multiple metastases has determined that treatments used for single tumors can also be safely used for treating patients with multiple metastases.

Image courtesy of Accuray

News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021 — A phase 1 clinical trial led by investigators at the...
A Norwegian study for the first time reveals benefit of the #PARP inhibitor #Olaparib in patients with early #breastcancer not harboring germline mutations

Getty Images

News | Radiation Therapy | April 22, 2021
April 22, 2021 — Targeted therapy in early stages of breas...