IMPAC focuses on a coming together of oncology tools

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IMPAC showcased its "IQ" line of systems which are built to integrate all oncology related systems and information into more simplified and unified interfaces at last week's American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in Denver, Colo.

First up was an introduction to the successor to the company's Multi-ACCESS system dubbed MOSAIQ with two new tools for high IQ (Integration Quotient). MOSAIQ is an image-enabled electronic medical record for oncology. MOSAIQ can be configured to provide radiation oncology charting and device connectivity, chemotherapy charting, full practice management capability, and a configurable interface. The system is the foundation for IMPAC's image-guided treatment management (IGTM), but also supports connectivity to multiple vendor imaging, planning and delivery systems.

MOSAIQ provides a central repository for oncology data and images within a single application which should prevent confusion between different sets of data from more than one patient, a considerable safety issue, said Jacob S. Philip, director, Radiation Oncology Business Unit, IMPAC.

MOSAIQ is built upon a new platform that includes an MS SQL database that is based on broadly accepted hardware within the industry and thus is a multi-vendor system, said Jacob.
The MOSAIQ system is currently being beta tested and should be available in early 2006.
IMPAC also showcased ANALYTIQ, a new data visualization and analysis tool that provides the ability to review and evaluate oncology data and other information gathered by the company's information technology (IT) systems.
    
Also highlighted was a work-in-progress system called STRATEGIQ a new line of consultation services featuring integrated workflow features which will offer a Windows-based common interface for all systems used for oncology treatment, including a full EMR (electronic medical record) and image management tools.

SYNEGISTIQ is also completely vendor neutral and can interface with any vendor tool to provide a "total" oncology system. The system is being specially designed to reduce manual input of data and will include automatic updating so that one piece of patient information involving numerous systems only has to be input one time, said Philips.