Case Study: Financial Growth and Throughput

     

Financial Growth and Throughput

Overview

Vision RT and an internationally-renowned, hospital-based cancer center in Florida conducted a case study to assess how AlignRT has assisted the clinic in addressing their key treatment and workflow challenges.

The center opened in 2015 and, for the past four years, has been using AlignRT/ OSMS as their Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) solution to treat these typical cancer types: SRS, SBRT, and Breast DIBH.

Vision RT's SGRT solution, AlignRT, tracks a patient's position before and during radiation therapy to deliver a streamlined and efficient workflow for accurate treatment set-up and delivery. AlignRT also increases patient comfort as it can eliminate the need for tattoos and additional radiation.

Scroll down to learn more about the center's initial challenges and how the clinic increased both patient volume and throughput with our solutions.

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SGRT, ALIGNRT CASE STUDY FINANCIAL GROWTH & THROUGHPUT

Challenge

The staff wanted to maintain high patient treatment standards, but also reduce "special procedure" treatment times.

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Streamline workflow

Learn workflows of the new technology, to have confidence in consistent treatment delivery.

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Improve efficiency

Reduce the amount of time to treat SRS, SBRT, Breast DIBH by reducing/eliminating repeat cone-beam CT.

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Offer cutting-edge technology

Be known as an innovative center that provides patients with the latest treatment options and improves the standard of care.

Solution

Working with their Vision RT Clinical Application Specialist, the staff identified the need for focused training on "special procedures" (i.e., SRS, SBRT, Breast DIBH) to solve their throughput challenges and refine their workflow processes. The Vision RT Field Service Engineer also ensured full support for advanced procedures.

Training Program

• 3-Phase training empowered staff to integrate AlignRT’s many applications with minimal disruption
• Designated Project Champions provided positivity and motivation to train other staff and act as on-site points of support

Technical Support Team

Planned maintenance visits and remote diagnostic monitoring provided by factory-trained engineers who proactively minimized downtime

Results

Patient Volume Increase

The center increased overall patient volume from 348 to 418 patients in less than 12 months with the same therapist staff and time as the previous 2 years.

Reduced Treatment Time

Transitioned all DIBH Breast patients from spirometry motion management system to AlignRT and reduced patient treatment time from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.

Improved workflow

Eliminated the 3rd CBCT from their typical SRS workflows due to the accuracy of the AlignRT system for patient set-up.

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"The AlignRT SGRT system has enabled us to treat some of our breast cancer patients incorporating IMRT APBI based on the Florence Trial; these patients receive a total of 5 fractions treated every other day. This is a huge benefit for our patients as their treatments are reduced from 4-6 weeks to less than 2 weeks. AlignRT reassures us that our patients are correctly positioned, and treatments are delivered safely and accurately every time."

Delonie Gregory MHSc, MHL, RT(T)(CT)
Radiation Oncology Supervisor

"AlignRT has given us a more efficient way to reach our goals. We have been able to treat 70 more SRS and SBRT patients in the same time and with the same staff as we could previously. We are able to offer our patients an innovative, safe, accurate, and time-saving alternative to traditional positioning."

Felicia Gretah, RT (T)
Radiation Therapist

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Future Plans

Maintaining its innovative, patient-centric brand, the center plans to implement SafeID, a non-contact patient and accessory verification system and GateCT, a real-time surface tracking solution for 4DCT Acquisition.

SafeID is a touchless solution for verifying that the right patient is selected for treatment.

GateCT is used to track patient's breathing during CT Scanning enabling 4DCT acquisition and reconstruction.

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