Radiosurgery Society® Launches Database to Study Quality of Life In Cancer Patients Treated With Radiosurgery

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The RSS has partnered with VisionTree® to release an enhanced RSSearch® Patient Registry designed to track clinical outcomes, quality and safety measures and patient-reported quality of life information following radiosurgery treatment.

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a non-profit medical society dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery, announced today the launch of its enhanced RSSearch® Patient Registry using the VisionTree Optimal Care® 360 platform. RSSearch is the largest patient registry managed by a professional medical society, a repository dedicated to collecting, screening, treatment and follow-up data on patients with cancer and benign lesions treated with radiosurgery.

Based upon feedback from its expert clinical and physics users, the new RSSearch platform has been expanded to provide more comprehensive data fields to record screening, treatment, and follow-up information for patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), while retaining many of the elements familiar to its current user-base including the layout and design features. These elements will further reinforce the growing number of outcomes analyses and peer-reviewed publications resulting from RSSearch. “RSSearch is a comprehensive medical-team and patient-centered registry, allowing physicians and patients to work together to gain a better understanding of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatment of cancer and other specialized diseases. RSSearch will now provide patients from around the world the ability to support SRS research efforts and share relevant data on quality of life information after radiosurgery treatments. The new platform will provide us with clinical, treatment planning and delivery information and patient-reported outcomes needed to advance the field of stereotactic radiosurgery,” stated Dr. Shalom Kalnicki, Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center, NY.

Additionally, participating centers now have access to advanced reporting features and more efficient automated data transfers between all treatment planning systems using DICOM format. The enhanced platform also offers a secure Patient Portal where patients can access and complete their individual quality of life questionnaires.

“As the RSSearch Patient Registry continues to grow, we believe it’s important to listen to the needs of our clinical contributors around the world and evolve our offerings accordingly,” said Joanne Davis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the RSS. “Through a careful review and selection process, the RSS Board of Directors has chosen to partner with VisionTree to provide a comprehensive, robust, data management system for RSSearch and our global participating centers.”

Developed in 2005, the RSSearch Patient Registry houses screening, treatment and follow-up data from more than 19,000 patients treated with SRS/SBRT at more than 40 centers worldwide. Data includes patient demographics, payer information, treatment practices and outcome information. The RSSearch Registry is managed by the RSS and the RSSearch Clinical Advisory Committee, made up of professionals involved in the management and care of patients treated with SRS/SBRT.

About The Radiosurgery Society®

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS) – a non-profit, independent, multi-disciplinary organization of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and allied professionals, who are dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery. Originally formed in 2002 and becoming (501c6) in 2008, the Radiosurgery Society today (http://www.therss.org) represents more than 600 members who perform stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery in hospitals and freestanding centers throughout the world.

About VisionTree®

VisionTree Software, Inc. (http://www.visiontree.com) is a leader in cloud-based, patient reported outcomes, patient engagement, multi-center research/registry and interoperability solutions. The VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) patient-centered outcomes platform is ARRA HITECH Meaningful Use certified as a modular EHR, implemented at over 600 sites and 400+ oncology programs, including 8 of the top 10 U.S. News and World Report Hospitals with 2.5M+ patients globally.

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