SAN MATEO, Calif. November 15, 2017
During the 2017 Radiosurgery Society Scientific Meeting held November 2 – 4, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV, the Radiosurgery Society (RSS) announced that RSSearch® Patient Registry surpassed 20,000 patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)/stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and entered into the multi-institutional registry. This makes it by far the largest and most robust live database of its kind in the field of SRS/SBRT.
The RSSearch Patient Registry, managed by the RSS, a non-profit medical society, is an observational registry established to standardize data collection from patients treated with SRS/SBRT. It was initially conceptualized and designed in 2005 by a Clinical Advisory Board comprised of radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists and medical physicists to provide a method to collect standardized data on the use of SRS/SBRT treatment practices and outcomes to help determine the most effective clinical use of SRS/SBRT. The RSSearch database collects information including patient demographics, payer information, treatment practices and outcome information and has resulted in several publications on clinical outcomes for radiosurgery treatment of lung tumors, metastatic brain tumors and prostate cancer.
“In the era of big data and informatics where evidence based outcomes drive clinical practice and generate hypotheses for future prospective studies, this is big leap in the thriving field of SRS/SBRT. By sponsoring and sustaining the RSSearch database, the Radiosurgery Society has uniquely contributed to the science and growth of stereotactic radiation,” said Anand Mahadevan, M.D., Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Geisinger Health in Danville, PA.
In April of 2017, the Radiosurgery Society launched its enhanced RSSearch Patient Registry using the VisionTree Optimal Care® 360 platform. In the six months since its launch, more than 1,000 patients have been added to the registry via the new platform. The VisionTree platform includes more comprehensive data fields to record screening, treatment, and follow-up information as well as advanced reporting features and more efficient automated data transfers between all treatment planning systems using DICOM format. The enhanced platform also offers a secure Patient Portal where patients can access and complete their patient reported outcomes questionnaires.
More than 40 centers across the United States, Germany and Australia have participated in the RSSearch Patient Registry, which currently has more than 80 trained users. The RSSearch Registry is managed by the RSS and the RSSearch Clinical Advisory Committee, made up of professionals involved in the management and care of patients treated with SRS/SBRT. Participation is voluntary and all centers treating patients with SRS/SBRT clinically are encouraged to participate.
About The Radiosurgery Society®
The Radiosurgery Society (RSS) – a non-profit, independent, multi-disciplinary organization of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and allied professionals, who are dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery. Originally formed in 2002 and becoming (501c6) in 2008, the Radiosurgery Society today (http://www.therss.org) represents approximately 600 members who perform stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery in hospitals and freestanding centers throughout the world.
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