With technology at the core of delivering care in radiation oncology, it is imperative that patient safety is not compromised. IHE-RO is an initiative that helps to ensure a safe, efficient radiation oncology practice by improving system to system connections.
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Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise-Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) is an ASTRO-sponsored initiative for improving the functionality of the radiation oncology clinic. 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 ASTRO’s annual Connectathon, where vendors meet to test the connectivity of their products.
An important part of helping to ensure patient safety, IHE-RO is part of ASTRO’s Target Safely initiative.
What is IHE?
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.
How can I join IHE-RO?
IHE-RO is composed of organizations that seek to solve interoperability issues in radiation oncology. Membership in IHE-RO is through IHE.
IHE membership application and details.
If your organization is already a member of IHE, please email us to become part of IHE-RO.
What organizations and companies currently participate in IHE-RO?
- Advanced Technology Consortium (ATC)
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
- American College of Radiology (ACR)
- American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
- Association of Radiation Oncologists India
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Bogardus Medical Systems
- Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists (CARO)
- Chinese Society of Radiation Oncologists
- Cross Cancer Institute, Alberta, Canada
- Dose Lab
- Duke University, Durham, N.C.
- Egyptian Cancer Society-Radiation Oncology
- European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO)
- GE Healthcare
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
- International Atomic Energy Agency
- IBA Solutions
- Japanese Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (JASTRO)
- Lifeline Software
- MD Anderson, Houston, Texas
- Medical Business Systems
- Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
- National Cancer Institute
- National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
- Nucletron, an Elekta Company
- Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
- Software Engineering and Formal Methods (SEFM)
- Sun Nuclear Corporation
- Spanish Medical Physics Society
- Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators (SROA)
- Standard Imaging
- Third Way Software
- TSG Integrations
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Vision RT
- Vision Tree Software Inc.
- Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Washington University, St. Louis
What do you strive for in your radiation oncology clinic? Safety? Efficiency? Seamless Functionality? IHE-RO provides a platform for the radiation oncology team, administrators and industry representatives to address these issues and develop solutions that ensure your practice is delivering the most optimal care.
Current clinical challenges addressed by IHE-RO
- Image-based (3-D) radiation therapy treatment planning.
- Exchanging and storing image registration, radiation therapy structure sets, radiation therapy doses and related special registration.
- Exchange of data required to perform sophisticated treatment planning for computer controlled accelerators in external beam treatment.
Products that have passed the IHE-RO testing process
The following products have passed integration tests.* Access either an “Integration Statement” or a vendor developed statement that you can use for your RFPs below.
*Results of integration tests are determined by the IHE-RO Connectathon.
How can I be a part of IHE-RO?
To learn how to join IHE-RO, please choose the “About IHE-RO” tab.
The field of radiation oncology requires precise and accurate technology and vendors are at the forefront of making sure the technology provided is optimal for cancer patients. IHE-RO offers vendors the ability to work directly with clinicians to advance safe and appropriate care for patients.
Learn how to join IHE-RO by choosing the “About IHE-RO” tab.
The Connectathon is an event where vendors have the opportunity to come together to determine their software connectivity with each other and test their products against the different challenges posed in a typical radiation oncology practice.
- Mimics real life scenarios in which issues of interoperability come up on a daily basis.
- Ensure seamless transfer of information from one computer to another.
- ASTRO has sponsored the Connectathon at its headquarters since 2004.
Once a vendor has passed these tests, their product is “IHE-RO Compliant”. The vendors release Integration Statements to show how the product is IHE compatible.
Dates: April 28 - May 3, 2014
Location: 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22031
Contact: Amber Sims, 703-839-7370
Registration: Registration will begin February 28, 2014.
Deadline: March 21, 2014.