The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, will collaborate with RaySearch on the development of RayCare®*, the next-generation oncology information system designed for the clinical workflow needs of today and tomorrow. The agreement covers all of MD Anderson’s sites in the Greater Houston area, including five regional cancer centers. One goal of the collaboration is to enable clinical implementation of RayCare in a complex and large-scale environment.
MD Anderson is one of the world’s largest cancer centers and a global leader in clinical research. The center treats around 130,000 patients per year and has over 20,000 employees. The scale of its operations makes efficiency and safety key priorities, and these will be significant strengths of the RayCare system.
RayCare is designed to unify and consolidate the different software systems that are commonly in operation, including systems for medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology. Integrating the varied activities in these workflows saves time, reduces complication and minimizes the risk of errors that can occur when transferring information between systems. Potential benefits for patients include a smoother treatment experience and better continuity of care.
This is the next step in a strong strategic collaboration that combines the research and development strengths of MD Anderson and RaySearch, with the aim of converting research findings into practical solutions that can be brought to market quickly for the benefit of cancer clinics everywhere. MD Anderson has also started using RayStation® to generate clinical treatment plans. This is the first phase of a planned clinical rollout that follows extensive training of the clinical teams. RayStation and RayCare are designed to integrate seamlessly, paving the way for even greater gains.
Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch, says: “I am proud that MD Anderson Cancer Center has joined us in the RayCare project. Solving the coordination, safety and efficiency needs of one of the world’s largest cancer care providers is one of our most exciting challenges to date. This collaboration has a strong foundation for success, building on the vast clinical knowledge and resources of MD Anderson and the innovative development capabilities of RaySearch.”
About MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in central Houston in the Texas Medical Center. MD Anderson was created in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey has ranked MD Anderson the nation’s top hospital for cancer care. MD Anderson has been ranked the leading cancer hospital for 11 of the past 14 years. The institution has been named one of the nation's top two hospitals for cancer care every year since the survey began in 1990.
RayCare is a next generation OIS developed from the ground up by RaySearch to support the complex logistical challenges in modern, large-scale radiation therapy centers. RayCare integrates the high performance radiation therapy algorithms available in RayStation and adds advanced features for clinical resource optimization, workflow automation and adaptive radiation therapy.
RayStation integrates all RaySearch’s advanced treatment planning solutions into a flexible treatment planning system. It combines unique features such as multi-criteria optimization tools with full support for 4D adaptive radiation therapy. It also includes functionality such as RaySearch’s market-leading algorithms for IMRT and VMAT optimization and highly accurate dose engines for photon, electron, proton and carbon ion therapy. The system is built on the latest software architecture and features a graphical user interface with state-of-the-art usability.
RaySearch Laboratories AB (publ) is a medical technology company that develops innovative software solutions for improved cancer treatment. RaySearch markets the RayStation treatment planning system to clinics all over the world and distributes products through licensing agreements with leading medical technology companies. The company is also developing the next-generation oncology information system, RayCare®*, which comprises a new product area for RaySearch, and which will be launched in 2017. RaySearch’s software is used by over 2,600 clinics in more than 65 countries. The company was founded in 2000 as a spin-off from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and the share has been listed on NASDAQ Stockholm since November 2003.
* Subject to regulatory clearance in some markets
For further information, please contact:
Johan Löf, President and CEO, RaySearch Laboratories AB (publ)
Telephone: +46 (0)8-510 530 00