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The groundbreaking oncology information system (OIS) RayCare is being developed in close collaboration with our clinical partners and customers. Together, we are shaping the future of oncology software with the ultimate goal to improve patient outcomes and clinical efficiency. Learn more about these clinical partnerships and experiences below.

First to use RayCare clinically

The Iridium Cancer Network is a close collaboration between all seven hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. There is a single radiation therapy department, which treats around 5,300 patients annually. Iridium Cancer Network became the first organization to use RayCare 1 clinically to manage its treatment planning workflows, just two months after the clinical release of the system.

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 “Our core mission is to contribute to an innovating radiotherapy center for integrated care. RayCare is essential to that mission, since this new OIS is designed to provide comprehensive cancer care in an extremely safe and efficient way, while fully involving patients in their treatment. The collaboration between RaySearch, Iridium and other hospitals throughout the world in developing this system has resulted in an OIS that is highly customizable. RayCare was tailored to our specific needs right from the start.”

Piet Dirix 
MD, PhD, radiation oncologist at Iridium Cancer Network, Belgium  

UMCG is the first hospital in the Netherlands that can provide proton radiation therapy in addition to current advanced photon irradiation techniques. The new proton center is equipped with IBA’s Proteus®PLUS two-gantry room configuration, including pencil beam scanning and cone beam CT capabilities. UMCG anticipates the center will treat around 600 patients per year. UMCG was the first to join the RayCare partnership and has helped to lay the foundations of RayCare.

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“One of the strengths of RaySearch is their ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas that have great value for radiation therapy practice. I have heard radiation oncologists say ‘this is good to be true!’ when new versions of RayCare were presented. RaySearch listens carefully to our wishes and acts as a true partner in realizing our dream of becoming the most efficient radiation therapy department, providing the highest quality of care.”

 

Hans Langendijk
Chair Of The Department Of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

Heidelberg University Hospital is a world-leader in clinical practice and advanced research in areas such as carbon ion and helium ion beam therapy and is working to establish the city of Heidelberg as a leading center for research. The research partnership focuses on supporting comprehensive cancer care and will involve the hospital and the affiliated sites Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT) and Marburg Ion Beam Therapy Center (MIT).

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UCSF is one of our RayCare partners. RayCare will support complex procedures and analyses that are out of reach with current information management systems. The partnership is intended to develop a step-wise and comprehensive approach to provide data infrastructure to be used for clinical decision support and individualization of cancer care within radiation oncology. RayCare will enable UCSF to optimize the use of resources and personalize the patient care.

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“We have built a strong relationship with RaySearch in a short time. Due to the multi-modal and diverse technology that we offer in our clinics, RayStation is a universal solution for us to be able to compare technology platforms, create efficiency and focus more on adaptive planning. Our visions strongly align for developing a patient-centered care model through the development of RayCare, and aligns with UCSF vision for a more integrated platform with EPIC, our hospital information system. We believe this will be a transformative partnership on many levels.”


Catherine Park

M.D. Professor And Chair, Ucsf, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department Of Radiation Oncology, San Francisco, USA

Another RayCare partner is the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. RayCare will be part of the department’s strong ultidisciplinary approach to cancer care and its focus on cutting-edge techniques. The university, which has long tradition of radiation therapy treatment, has recently selected RayStation as its treatment planning system and has already completed clinical implementation.

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“As a forward-looking center, we are constantly exploring new ways to improve patient care. RayCare is being designed to coordinate our oncology disciplines and our hope is to realize the full potential of our diverse clinical resources."

 

John Bayouth
Chief of Radiation Oncology Physics at the UW-Department of Human Oncology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, collaborates with RaySearch on the development of RayCare™*, the next-generation oncology information system designed for the clinical workflow needs of today and tomorrow, since 2017. 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.

The partnership developed further during 2018, when a strategic alliance to advance radiation therapy of cancer was announced. It will combine MD Anderson’s clinical data and expertise with the latest technology and platforms available through RaySearch.

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Provision, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, is also a RayCare partner. Provision was formed in 2005 with the purpose to develop innovative healthcare solutions. In 2014, the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center, Knoxville, became the first center in the world to use RayStation for clinical proton treatments. The Provision team continues to push the frontiers of radiation therapy.

 

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“For Provision, it is of great strategic importance for our Cancer CARE Network to have an integrated and efficient solution for patient treatment and care. RaySearch has the competence and innovative focus that Provision needs, and we share a vision of the future of cancer care.”

Niek Schreuder
Vice President and Chief Medical Physicist for Provision Healthcare