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Visit Quantek Systems at the 46th Annual AAMD Virtual Tradeshow

Quantek Systems is participating in the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists 46th Annual Meeting which will be on a virtual platform from June 7-11, 2021. We will be hosting a booth in the virtual Exhibit Hall where we will show the capabilities that RO Dynamics can offer your cancer system. Some of the highlights of the many features RO Dynamics offers are:

-Revolutionary Applications of Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and Decision Model and  Notation (DMN) to Automate Customized Workflows

-Advanced Department Analytics

-Whiteboard View with Color-Coded Task Status Icons

-Vendor Neutral Customizable Web Platform

-Workload Assistant with recommended Planner Assignment Capabilities

Hannah Shappell

Hannah Shappell is an ARRT certified radiation therapist with years of clinical experience who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in radiation therapy from Texas State University. She now currently resides in beautiful Central Oregon where you will typically find her outside trying to keep up with her 1-year old son, crazy dog, and husband.

Advanced Care Team Tasks for Automation

Tasks do not always fall into simple complete or incomplete categories. Sometimes more information is needed such as “did this plan pass the first QA”, “was this plan rejected”, and “does this patient need insurance authorization?” This list could go on and on. To help organize the treatment planning process and streamline the flow of information, RO Dynamics has created four different task types:

  1. Standard Complete Task
  2. Yes or No Task
  3. Approve or Reject Task
  4. Pass or Fail Task

Our first task option is a standard task. This is a task that only needs to be completed such as a “Submit IMRT Pre-Auth” task. The only information that plan care team members need is to know is if it has been done or not. There is always the option to add in comments when you complete the task in case there is something unique that needs to be documented.

Our second task option is a yes or no task. This can be applied towards many different tasks that could be in your workflow such as determining if deep inspiration breath hold will be performed. Often this decision needs to be made after simulation once analysis has been performed to determine if the patient would benefit from breath hold, for example by comparing the heart sparing between free breathing and breath hold CTs. By having the ability to create yes or no tasks, workflows can direct the appropriate clinical pathway based on simple decisions.

Our third task option is an approve or reject task. Typically, this task will be used mostly by radiation oncologists, for example in plan approvals. This task is similar to a pass or fail task, in that if a task of this type is rejected a comment must be entered in as to why it was rejected. This provides valuable feedback to the necessary plan care team members as to what needs to be revised, and the workflow engine automatically redirects the plan to treatment planning so that the corrections can be made.

Our final task option is a pass or fail task. This task has many applications depending on how you to choose to customize RO Dynamics but the main person who will become very familiar with this task type is a physicist or possibly a radiation therapist. This task can be applied to many of the daily responsibilities of a physicist or any of the morning warmup procedures done by the radiation therapists. This task is unique in that it is the only one where failure or error messages may be selected. When an error is selected, the workflow will then be redirected as necessary so that the appropriate staff member is made aware of the problem and able to correct it.

Not all departments or tasks are created alike, having multiple task options allows you to further cater and customize RO Dynamics to the lingo and workflows of your department. This is the heart behind Quantek Systems, to come alongside your oncology system to help support and streamline your workflows to enable the best work environment and patient experience possible.

Hannah Shappell

Hannah Shappell is an ARRT certified radiation therapist with years of clinical experience who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in radiation therapy from Texas State University. She now currently resides in beautiful Central Oregon where you will typically find her outside trying to keep up with her 1-year old son, crazy dog, and husband.

Tutorials for Creating Shareable Clinical Pathways in Healthcare

Before starting our tutorials on creating shareable clinical pathways, hopefully you have already read our post on A Vision for the Future of Workflow in Healthcare. If not, you should check it out to set the context of the standards we will use in these tutorials such as Business Process Model and Notation, Decision Model and Notation, Case Management Model and Notation, and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources to create shareable clinical pathways. The models in these tutorials may be deployed and executed in our RO Dynamics platform, or in other commercial or opensource BPM tools. For more information visit our product page at https://quanteksystems.com.

In this series we will work with examples in the context of Radiation Oncology, which uses radiation to treat cancer. The goal is to help those involved in healthcare to understand how to read and create basic workflows using BPMN. Knowledge of radiation oncology is not required, but will make the workflows more interesting. We will start with simple workflows, and over time get more elaborate to handle the nuances of real-world workflows.

Often the best way to learn something new is by doing it. Perhaps the easiest way to get started is using the free web-based modeler at http://bpmn.io. To create a new BPMN model you may use this link: https://demo.bpmn.io/new. Alternately, you may download a free modeler such as the Camunda Modeler.

Let’s now dive in to creating shareable clinical pathways. As more tutorials are added, they will be accessible beneath for easy navigation.

Part 1 – Basic BPMN Events, Tasks, and Gateways

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Gabe Colburn

Gabe strives to create innovative solutions to solve real-world problems effectively. Currently he’s focused on improving Radiation Oncology and healthcare workflow and interoperability, with previous experience in the defense industry, quantum computing, and healthcare. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in Medical Physics from Oregon Health & Science University. He is also certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics. He resides in Bend, OR where he enjoys the beautiful outdoors hiking, climbing, and camping with his wife and kids.

The Power of Tags Part 1: Patient Tags

There is certain key patient information that will always been necessary when treating any patient. These are the answers to the questions that every patient must answer almost as soon as they walk through the door of any medical facility and will be most likely asked repeatedly. Instead of having to copy notes over to each course, simulation, or plan; RO Dynamics has created patient specific tags.

These are a group of tags that apply to a patient and all plans associated with that plan. Patient tags can be customized based on the needs of your department. RO Dynamics comes with two standard patient tags that include: Previous Radiation and Pacemaker. For each of these tags and all custom additional tags within RO Dynamics, tasks and workflows are able to be started once a tag has been selected and saved to a patient.

For example, the pacemaker tag triggers a workflow that is based off the latest standard in the AAPM TG-203 guidelines released in 2019. By adding the pacemaker tag at any point during the treatment planning process, a workflow will be triggered which will then send out tasks to the responsible parties. Not only does this guarantee that this does not get missed but also that you are following the latest standards that have been set forth.

The location of the patient tags makes it easy to always see. Whenever you simply click on the patient, task, plan, or simulation you can see it in the plan details view or when you double click and open the patient dialog. In other systems, while this information may be listed it is not always readily shown or has to be copied down in multiple locations which allows human error to easily take the front seat.

Patient Tags in the Plan Details view
Patient Tags in the Patient Dialog

Through the use of our advanced workflow engine, tags are no longer simple labels, they are able to automatically trigger emails, tasks and workflows that pull together all needed staff roles to streamline your patient care approach. Patient tags are yet another way that you are able to customize RO Dynamics to the needs of your department as well as simplify the incorporation of new standards in patient care.

Hannah Shappell

Hannah Shappell is an ARRT certified radiation therapist with years of clinical experience who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in radiation therapy from Texas State University. She now currently resides in beautiful Central Oregon where you will typically find her outside trying to keep up with her 1-year old son, crazy dog, and husband.

The Need for Shareable Clinical Pathways

In the paper beneath, we present the need for shareable clinical pathways in healthcare. If you want to get involved, contact us and also join our mailing list!

The-Need-for-Shareable-Clinical-Pathways

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Gabe strives to create innovative solutions to solve real-world problems effectively. Currently he’s focused on improving Radiation Oncology and healthcare workflow and interoperability, with previous experience in the defense industry, quantum computing, and healthcare. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in Medical Physics from Oregon Health & Science University. He is also certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics. He resides in Bend, OR where he enjoys the beautiful outdoors hiking, climbing, and camping with his wife and kids.