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Target Safely

  • For every cancer patient, the goal is to treat the disease in the safest and most effective way possible.

    To meet this objective, ASTRO launched Target Safely in 2010. The plan focuses ASTRO’s resources on improving patient safety and reducing the chances of medical errors during radiation therapy treatments. Since the plan was established, ASTRO has made great strides in its Target Safely goals.

    The key elements of Target Safely include the following:

    1. Supporting the development of RO-ILS (Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System), a national medical error reporting system and a patient safety database for radiation oncology.
    2. Testing the compatibility of different radiation oncology equipment vendors through IHE-RO (Integrating Healthcare Enterprise-Radiation Oncology), an ASTRO-sponsored initiative dedicated to improving the integration of equipment used in radiation treatment.
    3. Strengthening radiation oncology practice accreditation with more robust and meaningful measures through APEx (Accreditation Program for Excellence).
    4. Providing cancer survivors, patient support groups and other medical organizations with a list of questions that patients should ask physicians and cancer centers when considering radiation therapy as a treatment for their disease.
    5. Incorporating quality and safety educational content into ASTRO meetings to ensure attendees have the resources necessary to provide safe and effective patient care.

    The five years of progress of ASTRO’s Target Safely initiative were outlined in Panel 14, “Target Safely: ASTRO’s Accomplishments in Five Years” at ASTRO’s 57th Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

    Read more about the Target Safely initiative and safety in radiation oncology in the Winter 2015 edition of ASTROnews and the 2015 September - October issue of PRO.