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Cancer network completes Aria roll out

29 January 2010   Lyn Whitfield

The Thames Valley Cancer Network has completed the roll out of Aria for Medical Oncology from Varian Medical Systems.

The network, which links cancer centres in Oxford and Reading with district general hospitals in Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, has implemented the system over a year, with Great Western Hospital in Swindon becoming the latest to take it.

The Aria oncology system is described as providing users with all the tools they need to manage the clinical, administrative and financial activities of a cancer department.

An oncology specific electronic medical record sits at the heart of the system, and allows a personalised care pathway to be designed for all patients, from diagnosis to follow-up. The system manages chemotherapy, drug orders and other orders.

Dr Claire Blessing, consultant clinical oncologist at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and clinical lead for the project said a particular benefit for the cancer network was that it allows information to be shared between teams.

“We needed something that could be accessed from all hospitals in the Thames Valley Network, without losing data between them,” she said. “This enables a patient to be prescribed initial chemotherapy in one hospital in the network and to have follow-up treatment in another.”

Clinicians in hospitals across the network have made sure that the Aria implementation supports its protocols, for example on e-prescribing. It is now offering to share its regimen library and user guides with other UK users of the system, to speed up implementations elsewhere.

Varian says a further benefit of the system is that it encourages clinicians to work with patients on treatment options and to review progress with them.

Link: Varian Medical Systems.


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Paul Cundy 242 weeks ago

What steps have the trusts taken to avoid the development of information silos?

=In the abscence of any alternative should a trust not install a system that works? Put aside your prejudice against these silos and take a glance at the real world. General practice is streets ahead of all of you because we haev built on our "silos".

How does the A+E doctor know what chemotherapy the patient had in the previous week?

=err well he could allways deploy the most basic doctoring skill and communicate with his patient - ask them? He probably only needs to know it was chemo anyway - not the exact dose or type.

How will the trusts deal with ePresrcibing on the wards if cancer patients have their drugs prescribed in a different system?

=the two silos could be made to talk to each other.

 

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Jack Barker 242 weeks ago

What steps have the trusts taken to avoid the development of information silos?

How does the A+E doctor know what chemotherapy the patient had in the previous week?

How will the trusts deal with ePresrcibing on the wards if cancer patients have their drugs prescribed in a different system?

Thanks.


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Unknown 243 weeks ago

It is very pleasing to see a clinical solution deployed that will bring benefit to patients now.

I'm sure that data for secondary use has value, it's however very important to not lose sight of the patients who need treatment.

Surely the big lesson of the past few years is that trying to do too much results in nothing being delivered

Well done to all who have installed real deliverables for oncology care.


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Unknown 243 weeks ago

It's good to hear of growing information networks.

But...

Does it integrate with central returns data? It's all well and good having great quality, beautifully designed, clinically owned specialist datasets, but if it's:

a) Not validated against, or integrated with, hospital episode statistics, it is therefore

b) Not available for myriad secondary uses...

...then it forever remains a specialist toy, useful only for primary use, or at best, unvalidated, very patchy secondary uses.

With my secondary uses hat on, I'd say we desperately need to improve the quality of routinely collected, centrally submitted data.

I'm not sure narrowly-focused silos of information are the answer.


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