With technology at the core of delivering care in radiation oncology, it is imperative that patient safety is not compromised. Integrating Healthcare Enterprise - Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) is an initiative that helps to ensure a safe, efficient radiation oncology practice by improving system to system connections.
Created in 2004, it is composed of members of the radiation oncology team, administrators and industry representatives that work together to ensure a safe and efficient radiation oncology clinic. The IHE-RO task force develops IHE Integration Profiles, which specify how industry standards are to be used to address specific clinical problems and ambiguities. These integration profiles are then tested at an annual Connectathon, where vendors meet to test the connectivity of their products.
In 2017 AAPM assumed operational responsibility for this program. Learn more at www.aapm.org/ihero.
IHE, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, is an initiative of health care professionals and industry representatives working together to improve the sharing of information between computer systems in health care. Radiation oncology is one domain of many under the greater umbrella of IHE. More information about IHE.