Varian Medical Systems to Exhibit the Company's New Oncology Information System for Effectively Managing Clinical, Financial and Administrative Processes | Varian

Varian Medical Systems to Exhibit the Company's New Oncology Information System for Effectively Managing Clinical, Financial and Administrative Processes

PALO ALTO, Calif. — February 1, 2006 — Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR), the world leader in cancer therapy technology, will exhibit the company’s new ARIA™ Oncology Information System at HIMSS-06, the 2006 annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), taking place in San Diego, California from February 12 to 16. ARIA provides comprehensive solutions that streamline clinical, financial, and administrative processes in cancer care, making radiation and medical oncology departments more efficient and cost-effective.

ARIA combines the benefits of an electronic health record (EHR) with guideline-driven care, workflow management, and decision support. Designed to meet the unique needs of the oncology treatment process and ongoing patient care, ARIA integrates medical and radiation oncology treatment delivery. The system can be used to manage comprehensive cancer treatment centers as well as stand-alone radiation oncology or medical oncology departments in hospitals and clinics.

“ARIA incorporates an extremely robust medical oncology module that amounts to a complete chemotherapy management system with industry-leading clinical trials administration and outcomes assessment tools,‿ said Corey Zankowski, senior director of software systems marketing at Varian Medical Systems. “For radiation oncology, ARIA enables implementation of all the latest treatment techniques, including emerging adaptive and concomitant therapies. It incorporates capabilities that are not available in competing systems, such as streamlined review of 2D and 3D images for rapid treatment plan adaptation, as well as extensive and flexible HL7 and DICOM connectivity.

Built using industry standards and an open architecture, ARIA provides enterprise-wide connectivity that supports multi-vendor clinics. It can easily share information with other Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), while enabling treatment centers to comply fully with patient privacy regulations. ARIA runs on Microsoft® Server 2003, Microsoft® XP (Service Pack 2), Windows® Tablet XP, and in Citrix® environments. It is completely customizable, to facilitate the wide range of information processing, reporting, and sharing needs within different types of healthcare settings.

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Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California is the world's leading manufacturer of integrated cancer therapy systems, which are treating thousands of patients per day. The company is also a premier supplier of X- ray tubes and flat-panel digital subsystems for imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 3,500 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 56 sales and support offices around the world. Additional information is available on the company's web site at