July 18, 2014 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) launched a software platform for quality assurance, called myQA.
This software platform sets a new workflow efficiency standard by integrating all QA needs under one software roof, connecting plan verification, machine QA and commissioning; all of which is accessible via a single Cockpit application. The applications are developed from scratch, which results in an easy, consistent and efficient all-in-one QA software platform. The Cockpit provides a swift and complete overview from the radiation therapy department, showing the status of the different QA applications. Using various devices, including smartphones and tablets, the Cockpit is able to provide an instant update of the complete QA status of the department.
myQA not only connects dosimetry applications, but people as well. By connecting users with the global know-how, research, and training in dosimetry, the new software platform addresses needs in the rapidly evolving radiation therapy environment. Based on the network’s experience and best practice, new treatment methods can be applied faster and with more confidence, which results in safer patient treatments. Moreover, the software platform connects dosimetry applications through a central database on a server, or if desired, via the cloud. This enables physicists and dosimetrists to implement the most efficient QA workflow for their department, and also for their satellite and partner hospitals. All patients, QA projects and equipment data are stored on the central database resulting in increased data safety and integrity.
“For the last six months I have been using the new IMRT + plan verification software module which is part of myQA. The entire software package has been completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up to maximize efficiency and streamline the QA processes”, says James P. Nunn, MS, CHP, DABR, senior medical physicist at LewisGale Regional Cancer Center, Pulaski, Va.” I am excited about the possibility of IBA releasing more QA modules around the plan verification I am already using. Having the ability to interface with various software solutions and to keep track of my entire machine and patient QA on a central cockpit will enable me to have full control of the QA status within our department and sister center without missing crucial information. Most important for me is the ability to connect with my peers through myQA, which will be key for me to ensure better and more efficient QA.”
Key dosimetry applications for patient plan verification, machine QA, as well as an interface to beam scanning and commissioning applications, will be available with the first release of myQA.
For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com