Technology | September 11, 2014

Elekta Knowledge Management Harnesses Cancer Data Through Advanced Analytics

September 11, 2014 — Elekta is showcasing its Elekta Knowledge Management software at the 56th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Sept. 14-17. The solution is a cloud-based, clinical and business intelligence software platform that allows healthcare providers to gain unprecedented and actionable insight from clinical, operational, financial and research data. Through advanced analytics, the platform enables the collection, integration, mining and analysis of comprehensive oncology data across the care continuum.

"Cancer therapy is more complex than ever before," said Todd Powell, executive vice president, Elekta Software. "The number of oncology patients has increased, the number of treatment options has multiplied and providers are being asked to do more with less. With Elekta Knowledge Management, we provide our customers with a superior oncology analytics platform that will provide useful, real-time information to accelerate clinical discovery, support personalized medicine and improve overall quality of cancer treatment."

Elekta's Knowledge Management applications include advanced healthcare analytics, dashboards and reports; specialized cancer and neurosurgery registries; and oncology imaging management solutions. Deployed on an integrated platform, these applications will ensure that critical data required to make informed decisions is available for the right patient, at the right time, for the right treatment.

A core application of Knowledge Management is the METRIQ cancer registry, which is used by 1,200 customers globally on a daily basis to aggregate data on cancer patients, diseases and treatments from disparate oncology electronic medical record (EMR) and health information technology (HIT) source systems. The high-quality data from METRIQ is also unique in that it is used to support epidemiological cancer studies to produce comprehensive and accurate information used for hospital, state and regional reporting on cancer outcomes.

"Cancer registry data isn't new, but most registries only provide new data every five years," said Shaun Costello, clinical director, Southern Cancer Network, Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand. "So, in essence, clinicians are using old data even as the treatment options for cancer are changing every day. Providing real-time data to our physicians is a significant improvement in clinical decision-making."

For more information: www.elekta.com/information-guided

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