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Practice Management Streamlining Workflows Across Multiple Cancer Centres with the MOSAIQ ® Oncology Information System Laura Francis Global Product Marketing Manager, Business Software Systems, Elekta Ltd, Stockholm, Sweden Abstract In the UK, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust provides a unique network of radiotherapy centres supported by the MOSAIQ ® oncology information system, which serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and beyond. The implementation of MOSAIQ has dramatically improved local patients’ access to radiation therapy services, allowing them to be treated closer to home. Keywords Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, oncology information system, cancer information technology solutions, MOSAIQ ® , radiation safety, radiation treatment, integrated oncology system Disclosure: Laura Francis is an employee of Elekta Ltd. Acknowledgements: The author would like to thank Julie Davies, Lead Radiographer, Kirstie Oliver, Superintendent Radiographer, and Sue Chatterton, Radiotherapy Systems Manager at The Christie at Oldham, UK, for their contributions to this article. Received: 30 March 2012 Accepted: 26 April 2012 Citation: European Oncology & Haematology, 2012; 8(2):82–4 Correspondence: Laura Francis, Global Product Marketing Manager, Business Software Systems, Elekta Ltd, Elekta AB, PO Box 7593, Stockholm, SE-103 93, Sweden. E: laura.francis@elekta.com Support: The publication of this article was funded by Elekta Ltd. Radiation and medical oncology require unique and specialised software solutions to allow the effective delivery of therapeutic doses of radiation and administer chemotherapy while at the same time ensuring patient safety. These solutions must be able to support the hospital’s strategic information management goals, interact with various information technology and treatment systems, and provide a clear electronic user interface. More than 2,100 hospitals and cancer centres worldwide use the MOSAIQ ® software, making its manufacturer Elekta the industry leader in a field where extensive experience is required to help organisations manage complex cancer treatments and techniques. In the UK, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust provides a unique network of radiotherapy centres supported by the MOSAIQ oncology information system (OIS), which serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and beyond. The implementation of MOSAIQ has dramatically improved local patients’ access to radiation therapy services, allowing them to be treated closer to home. prompted the opening of new satellite sites – the first one being The Christie at Oldham (see Figure 1). The Trust’s goal was to become a multisite centre with 16 linear accelerators (or linacs) across three sites, providing a centralised and completely paperless service. The Trust had previously been using the Lantis™ OIS. Parallel to the development of the new satellite centres, MOSAIQ was adopted (see Figure 2), offering greater functionality and the opportunity to meet the Trust’s goal of linking disparate sites. “With the opening of the first satellite site in Oldham, we needed to maximise the use of MOSAIQ and ensure that all implemented systems worked across a centralised service”, comments Julie Davies, Lead Radiographer at The Christie at Oldham. She continues: “This would ensure that patients and staff would reap the benefits of a more efficient facility, using all the functionalities that the system could offer.” Significant Changes Providing a Centralised and Paperless Service Proud of its 100-year history, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre. Prior to a report by the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG), 1 there was already a long-standing desire within the Trust’s cancer network to improve the local population’s access to radiotherapy. A large increase in demand for radiotherapy, changing treatment regimens and the increasing incidence of cancer 82 The Christie NHS Foundation Trust considered that a centralised solution would improve the patient treatment pathway as well as communication between all its sites. This would be achieved through the MOSAIQ OIS, which would also help to provide a paperless solution. The team at The Christie at Oldham wanted to be able to offer advanced delivery techniques, such as: © TOUCH BRIEFINGS 2012