PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Eclipse™ treatment planning software from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) has been named a "Category Leader" in the 2014 "Best in KLAS: Software and Services Report" by KLAS, a research firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare vendors. This was the second year in a row that Varian's Eclipse software was named Category Leader for treatment planning.
Varian's Eclipse software, which is in use at some 3,400 cancer treatment centers around the world, optimizes a radiotherapy treatment plan based on a physician's dose instructions, and information about the size, shape and location of the tumor to be treated with radiation. The treatment plan becomes the basis for electronic instructions that tell the radiotherapy machine how to deliver the treatment: what angles to use, how much dose to deliver from each angle, and how the treatment beam should be shaped to match the shape of the tumor.
Eclipse software incorporates planning protocols and easy-to-use optimization tools that make it easier and faster to plan sophisticated cancer treatments like intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and RapidArc® radiotherapy. It offers clinicians a set of treatment plan templates that streamline the process of creating a personalized plan for each patient.
In research currently summarized on KLASresearch.com, Eclipse scored above average in some key areas, including: "product works as promoted," "implementation on time," "quality of training," "functionality and upgrades," and "likely to recommend." Scores were well above average in "part of our long-term plans," "product has needed functionality," and "ranked client's best vendor."
In published comments on KLASresearch.com, KLAS stated: "Providers report great satisfaction with both the support and how the [Eclipse] product integrates with other systems. One senior physicist shared the following: 'Eclipse is a strong product for Varian….It is solid and performs very well while integrating with our TrueBeam® and ARIA® products….It is great from a physicist's point of view, but I also think those who have to support it appreciate the stability as well as the efficiency for our department. It has a nice workflow and is fairly seamless.'"
"We've been working diligently to enhance Eclipse software to put vital information at clinicians' fingertips so they can create high quality treatment plans based on best-practice models," says Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "We are gratified to have received top marks in KLAS's survey of our customers. This recognition is a validation of our efforts to make Eclipse a best-in-class tool for fighting cancer."
The 2014 Best in KLAS report, published at the end of January, ranks healthcare vendors and their solutions by the professionals who use them—healthcare providers. For a full list of Best in KLAS winners, Global (Non-U.S.) Best in KLAS winners, and Category Leaders, visit http://www.klasresearch.com/lp/2014-bestinklas.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving supplier performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.
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