The ARIA® oncology information system (OIS) was recently named a Category Leader in the 2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services Report by KLAS, an independent research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare vendors. In addition, ARIA OIS version 15.5 has achieved (ONC-Health IT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification from the Drummond Group, making ARIA a viable tool that U.S. users can use to qualify for an incentive bonus payment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for the meaningful utilization of health information technology.*
ARIA is a comprehensive electronic medical record and image management system for medical, radiation, and surgical oncology. Varian’s cancer care solution software aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative, and financial operations. ARIA also includes security enhancements to help protect patient data from cyberattacks.
In the 2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services Report, ARIA scored above average in key areas, including: Sales & Contracting, Implementation & Training, Functionality & Upgrades, and Service & Support. Produced by KLASresearch.com, the KLAS report includes rankings of healthcare vendors by healthcare providers. In addition, the KLASresearch.com site allows users to post commentary. For example, a physicist who uses ARIA posted the following comment: "I like how the ARIA system is integrated and shares databases." In another comment, a COO noted, "The workflow is what really sets the system apart. It is very easy for us to get people up and running on the system."
ARIA recently received Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-Health IT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification for both medical oncology and radiation oncology. To earn the certification, the ARIA software was tested by the Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) that has been empowered to test software for compliance with the requirements of the United States federal government's ongoing Electronic Health Records (EHR) adoption program.*
The American Joint Committee on Cancer released the new 8th Edition of the AJCC staging scheme for multiple disease sites. It is now available for installation with the ARIA oncology information system for medical and radiation oncology versions 11 MR4 through 15.5. Please contact the Varian technical help desk to request an installation. For Varian customers who have a MyVarian website account, please see the ARIA OIS AJCC 8th Edition Customer Release Note on MyVarian.com for more information.
Four New Interfaces in ARIA Connect
To enhance the seamless flow of patient information, ARIA Connect version 3.0 is now available with four new HL7 interfaces. ARIA Connect enables reliable, real-time exchange of data between the ARIA oncology information system for radiation oncology and third-party systems. For Varian customers who have a MyVarian website account, please see the ARIA Connect 3.0 Customer Release Note on MyVarian.
*For further information, visit the ARIA medical oncology and ARIA radiation oncology pages.