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“Our field can use RO-ILS to learn from our collective practice, where the combined experiences and insights can be pooled and studied, increasing knowledge that we can all apply to improve patient care." 

  —Lawrence Marks, MD, FASTRO, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interested in Becoming a RO-ILS Supporter?

Align with ASTRO on this important patient safety initiative and help us continue to provide an online safety data collection instrument to participants free of charge. Help us to continue to facilitate safer and higher quality care in radiation oncology by providing a mechanism for shared learning in a secure and non-punitive environment.

List of RO-ILS Enrolled Practices

Participation in RO-ILS is free and provides U.S.-based practices access to a secure, web-based portal and the ability to send data to a federally listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO), Clarity PSO. Practices that have given Clarity PSO and ASTRO permission to publish their enrollment in the program are included on the RO-ILS listing.

 

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Latest in RO-ILS

  • NEW Case Study 19 shares a recent near miss in which an attentive radiation oncologist caught a treatment set up error for a patient ready to receive SBRT to the lumbar spine. 
  • Case Study 18 discusses the contributing factors that resulted in a discrepancy between patient setup during simulation and treatment. 
  • RO-ILS Themed Report. The latest RO-ILS education is a detailed exploration of dosimetrically impactful safety events that affected patients and were reported to the program since 2014.


Since its launch in June 2014, more than 850 facilities across the country have joined RO-ILS: Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System® to contribute patient safety data to a national database. The mission of RO-ILS is to facilitate safer and higher quality care in radiation oncology by providing a mechanism for shared learning in a secure and non-punitive environment. Participation in RO-ILS is free thanks to the generous financial support of ASTRO, AAPM, Varian, ASRT, AAMD and Sun Nuclear Corporation. RO-ILS provides U.S.-based practices access to a secure, web-based portal and the ability to send data to a federally listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO). To learn more, watch an Introduction to RO-ILS video and contact RO-ILS staff.
 


 Benefits to Participating:

  • Contribute to a national database and collectively improve the field of radiation oncology. 
  • Track and review internal incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions.
  • Receive legal protections from discovery afforded by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act for information that meets necessary requirements.
  • Receive regular education based on events submitted throughout the country, including suggestions on how to prevent errors. See recent case studies and reports.
  • Receive bi-annual practice-specific reports on events submitted by your institution. 
  • Meet the requirements for up to two Improvement Activities in Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
  • Gain access to analysis tools, such as the Analysis Wizard and Dashboard, within the RO-ILS portal. 
  • Receive regular education and announcements about features/tools, best practices and general patient safety initiatives.
  • Learn from PSO-sponsored instructional webinars.
  • RO-ILS has been qualified for physicians and physicists by the American Board of Radiology in meeting the criteria for practice quality improvement (PQI), toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program. Access the RO-ILS PQI template.

Financial support from the following societies and corporations allows the program to be offered to practices free of charge.
 

Professional Associations

Sponsors
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Supporters

American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD)

Corporate Supporters

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Safety Patron

Sun Nuclear Corporation

Safety Promoter

Radformation

Radiological Imaging Technology (RIT)

Vision RT

Safety Ally

Theragenics Corporation

 

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