June 5, 2007 - Varian Medical Systems has linked its ARIA Oncology Information System with the PACE wireless Patient Care Monitor from Supportive Oncology Services (SOS), now letting the company offer a software feature that makes it possible for cancer patients to enter self-assessment data into their electronic medical record for enhanced communication with their oncologists.
The PACE Patient Care Monitor enables patients to enter detailed information on an electronic tablet about how they are feeling when they arrive in the waiting room. The system provides an at-a-glance snapshot of past and current patient symptoms so doctors can plan interventions. In addition, patients can review educational materials on the Cancer Support Network that is also located on the e/Tablet, using their waiting time to access information about cancer diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and emotional wellness.
By linking this information directly into Varian’s ARIA system, it becomes available as an important source of clinical information about that patient and it can also be aggregated and mined to identify trends and track the effectiveness of different treatment approaches. The ARIA system can use the data to automatically alert physicians to potential problems or significant changes in a patient’s status; trigger alerts that are coupled with recommended interventions; produce graphs and other forms of trend analysis and develop reports based on patient assessments.