World-leading Australian cancer institute Peter Mac has announced the deployment of two new cloud-hosted systems to replace a suite of systems and supercharge precision medicine in Australia.

The cancer research, education and treatment centre operates the only public hospital dedicated to caring for people living with cancer in Melbourne and has partnered with Varian to introduce Eclipse as its treatment planning system and Velocity as its oncology imaging informatics system.

Peter Mac Radiation Therapy Services Director Nilgun Touma said the institute had previously run multiple treatment planning systems across each of their radiation therapy sites but this was a step into the future.

“Now, with Eclipse being live, we’ll be improving efficiency for our team and improving timeliness to care for patients at all Peter Mac locations,” he said.

“Eclipse will support the radiation oncology team to develop tailored treatment regimens – a task that requires absolute confidence in the accuracy of patient data and efficiency of planning workflows.”

Eclipse is designed to consolidate multiple sources of information into a single data repository, stored in Microsoft Azure and available to accessed by multiple concurrent users.

Peter Mac will use the increasingly comprehensive patient data sets to help optimise personalised treatment plans for each patient, combining patient-specific anatomy with the best practice clinical knowledge of the institution.

A key benefit of the new system is expected to be cuts to the time needed to calculate radiation dose planning, said Varian Managing Director Chris Cowley.

“In treatment planning, the radiation dose calculation has historically taken significant time,” he said.

“With Eclipse, the system can use graphical processing units (GPUs) that result in very fast dose calculation, resulting in significant time efficiency for Peter Mac as their GPUs reside in the cloud.”

 

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