Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Selects VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) to Collect Patient Outcomes Data- Organization's research arm will use system to improve accrual of data collection, validation, reporting in prostate cancer study -
January 15, 2007 - San Diego, CA
VisionTree®, the leader in Web-based patient-centered health record management and provider communication systems, announced today that the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) through the American College of Radiology selected its VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) platform for collecting quality of life patient outcomes data for a pilot study conducted by the RTOG. RTOG will use the system at a select number of member institutions for a prostate cancer study in order to improve the compliance of the data collection, validation and reporting processes.
"Clinical research typically has its greatest challenges in collecting patient-completed information, since it is usually done through a paper or phone survey. VTOC offers us the ability to move this process to an electronic format through a secure Web portal to collect data in a faster and more compliant manner. The platform also allows us to deliver relevant information to the patient including reminders, education material and study information more effectively in order to manage their treatment. VTOC is a system whose time has come."Benjamin Movsas, M.D., Chair of Radiation Oncology at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital and Principal Investigator of an RTOG pilot study testing the VTOC system
VTOC's user-friendly, HIPAA-secure, Web-based platform allows consenting patients to fill out their quality of life forms in real-time from any location that has Internet access, including their home. The system can also send patients reminders via e-mail or text messaging to increase the likelihood of their on-going participation.
"VTOC will be an important part of our analysis of prostate cancer patients, and will be used by 15 sites to pilot the use of a Web-based data collection and communication in clinical trials, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Washington University at St. Louis. Since many people are familiar and comfortable with Internet applications, we estimate that the system will provide us an increase in patient participation over the 'pad and pencil' survey program that's in place now. That means the quality of our data will be even more credible and usable."Deborah Bruner, Ph.D., RTOG Outcomes Committee Chair and Quality of Life co-chair of the study as well as Director, Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Core Facility, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
VTOC is fully compliant with Title 21, Part 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) statistical process control system pertaining to electronic records and signatures. The platform can collect outcomes data by exporting Microsoft® Excel® with PDF® reports, and can "push" the survey to patients for completion at timed intervals with reminders and education material, if desired.
"VTOC is a win-win for both healthcare consumers and providers. The system empowers patients to provide important feedback directly with their physician electronically, as well as build their own personal health record to help make the best decisions at the most critical times. VTOC will also serve as the vehicle to transform the medical industry into a true paperless environment, increasing staff's productivity and data gathering capabilities to effectively measure patient satisfaction. With more than 100,000 users, VTOC is improving the way healthcare is offered."Martin Pellinat, CEO VisionTree Software, Inc.
About the RTOG and ACR
The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) is a clinical research enterprise of the American College of Radiology (ACR), located in the ACR Philadelphia, PA office. RTOG is a multi-institutional clinical cooperative group funded by the National Cancer Institute. RTOG has over 35 years of experience in conducting clinical trials and is comprised of over 290 major research institutions in the United States and Canada. The group currently is conducting more than 30 active studies that involve radiation therapy alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapeutic drugs or which investigate quality of life issues and their effects on the cancer patient.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 32,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of radiology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
VisionTree Software, Inc. is a leader in cloud-based, patient-centered health electronic medical records, communication and population health data management systems. The VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) patient data management and workflow platform is ARRA HITECH Meaningful Use certified for Stage 1 & 2 as a modular EHR and implemented at over 600 sites with 2.5M+ patients.
The VTOC platform is used for multi-center patient/clinical connectivity and research, HIE, ACO and population health initiatives focused in the fields of oncology, neuro/spine surgery, diabetes and wellness. VisionTree's customer base consists of leading academic and community centers, research organizations and medical societies globally including 8 of the top 10 U.S. News and World Report hospitals.
To learn more about VisionTree Optimal Care™, visit: VTOC Clinical