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Nomenclature and Big Data - TG 263 and the Future

C Hampton1*, C Mayo2*, (1) Levine Cancer Institute/CHS, Charlotte, NC, (2) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


(Sunday, 3/31/2019) 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: Osceola Ballroom C

TG 263’s Report describing standardized nomenclatures have been provided to physicist and clinics to, among other things, aid in enhancing conformity within and between clinics. Our institution consists of community-hospital or free-standing practices in 9 different physical locations treating 350+ patients daily and utilizing 3 different commercially-available electronic medical record databases and two different treatment planning systems. Additionally, the practices share second-MU check software, dose volume histogram and objective analysis software and a radiation oncology specific enterprise image management database. Even though the Task Group published its final report in 2017, many radiation oncology practices are just beginning to explore implementation of the group’s recommended nomenclature with implications for clinics large and small. Our practices range from multiple single-linac facilities to several multiple-linac sites. Our experience implementing this change impacting so many users across multiple radiation oncology specific roles is instructional and metrics analyzing efficiencies realized during the treatment planning process will be presented. This lecture will present guidance to physicist for leading or contributing to an effective implementation strategy incorporating varied practice stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe Task Group 263’s goals and recommendations
2. Review clinical examples and receive guidance for gaining efficiencies across multiple software platforms used during the radiation therapy process across a multi-facility practice
3. Explore the use of metrics designed to quantify efficiency gains realized by implementing the Task Group’s recommendations


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