safety is of the utmost concern to radiation oncologists and safety
considerations are woven into all aspects of clinical practice. The field of radiation
oncology is complex and rapidly evolving, and the safe delivery of radiation
therapy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire radiation oncology team.
commitment to patient safety informs our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and
at regulatory agencies.
has developed CME and SAMs tailored to patient safety issues in radiation
has commissioned a series of quality assurance white papers to provide an
overview of the issues that should be addressed in a radiation oncology
practice within a broad safety program.
Patient safety is a central commitment for radiation oncology. This page discusses the elements of ASTRO’s Target Safely initiative.
The Radiation Oncology-Incident Learning System (RO-ILS) is a secure electronic portal designed to allow participants radiation oncology providers to report, investigate, and conduct analysis of incidents that may occur within their radiation oncology practice setting. RO-ILS will also serve as a mechanism to create a national learning database to build awareness around radiation oncology practice risks.
IHE, Integrating Healthcare
Enterprise, is an international collaborative effort that aims to improve
compatibility across all segments of healthcare technologies. The ultimate goal
is to improve patient care and reduce medical errors by improving
interoperability and eliminating incompatibilities of medical technologies. The
Integrating Healthcare Enterprise – Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) is the
radiation oncology domain and is sponsored by ASTRO with the aim of improving
functionality of the radiation oncology clinic. Learn more about IHE-RO and how it can help your practice.