SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ASTRO Booth #807 -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR), a world leader in cancer treatment technology and informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, will introduce InSightive™ Analytics, a new interactive dashboard and data visualization tool for oncology professionals, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) here, from September 14-17, 2014.
InSightive Analytics will enable users of Varian's ARIA® oncology information system to quickly access, organize and analyze data captured during clinical and administrative operations in radiation oncology, to help drive better clinical decision-making and outcomes. Pre-built templates within the tool allow quick organization and display of key healthcare metrics across the hospital, clinic or network. Data can be collected on payer mix, referral sources, patient zip codes, operational performance, patient volume, case mix per treatment unit, physician volumes, and more. Data can be benchmarked against historical data for trend analysis, and reports can be exported as Excel® or Adobe® PDF files and e-mail messages.
"ARIA is a robust practice management system and electronic medical record with a tremendous amount of information that can be mined and analyzed to enhance the quality of care and the efficiency of clinical operations at any given site," says Sukhveer Singh, vice president of Varian's Oncology Continuum Solutions. "Many customers use ARIA to become paperless clinics, so all the information that once went into paper charts is now entered into the ARIA system. ARIA also offers many interfaces for importing data from other hospital information systems, resulting in a very rich resource that, up to now, was difficult to mine for actionable knowledge. InSightive Analytics provides access to this data, making it visible and useful."
InSightive Analytics will enable users to discover important patterns and trends quickly so they can make more informed data-driven decisions. Users can preprogram dashboards to generate reports on a routine schedule. Graphs and tables can be exported for presentation. According to Singh, it will be especially useful for cancer center administrators who need to manage resources.
"Often departmental administrators are trying to make important decisions based on MediCare billing data that might be weeks or months old, and often only includes some 40-60 percent of the patient population," says Singh. "With InSightive Analytics drawing directly from the ARIA database as patients receive their treatments, it will be possible to aggregate up-to-date information and use it to identify opportunities and strategies for enhancing clinical, operational and financial outcomes."
"We know that today's cancer care professionals, like all medical practitioners, are under pressure to control healthcare costs while improving coordination and quality outcomes. Having access to the right information at the right time has never been more essential," says Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "As a tool that leverages new developments in informatics and big data mining, InSightive Analytics is designed to help our customers deliver high-quality, evidence-based care."
*InSightive Analytics is a works-in-progress and not yet available for sale.
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 6,700 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.
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