Agreement to create world class cancer management centre of excellence
harnessing state-of-the-art Elekta technologies
OTTAWA, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Elekta and The Ottawa Hospital (Ottawa,
Ontario) have embarked on a decade-long mutual support project that will
create an advanced cancer treatment centre. Part of The Ottawa Hospital, The
Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (TOHCC), will be equipped with radiation therapy
systems, as well as workflow enhancing software and treatment planning
systems, enabling TOHCC to provide sophisticated therapeutic services in a
chartless, paperless clinical environment.
Among the largest Canadian cancer centres, TOHCC has undergone
extraordinary growth in its cancer management capacity over the last decade,
and steadily has increased its complement of Elekta radiation treatment
systems during that period. Its latest expansion to a new site at Queensway
Carleton Hospital presented the hospital with an opportunity to evolve into a
national/North American leader with global potential.
"We needed to identify a provider with whom we could partner for
long-term sustainability and future innovation in radiation therapy," said
Greg Doiron, TOHCC Clinical Director. "We determined Elekta was best
positioned to move us into our next development phase and help us achieve our
long-term objectives, in addition to our short-term need, which is improving
patients' access to healthcare."
Under the partnership agreement, The Ottawa Hospital will acquire four
Elekta Synergy(R) treatment systems, two to be sited at The Ottawa Hospital's
General Campus and two to be operated at Queensway Carleton Hospital site,
when the cancer program starts in late 2009.
"Our goal is to use the Elekta Synergy systems to perform advanced
methods, such as Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Intensity Modulated
Radiation Therapy (IMRT) as soon as possible in appropriate cases," Doiron
The Cancer Centre also will acquire MOSAIQ(R) software solutions. MOSAIQ
RO will manage radiation therapy simulation, planning, setup, verification,
delivery, review and analysis. Integrated with MOSAIQ RO is the MOSAIQ
image-enabled electronic medical record (EMR), which supports the cancer care
team by uniting diverse systems and devices. These products will form the
complete information technology infrastructure to streamline the TOHCC's
growing radiation oncology service.
Ottawa harnesses STRATEGIQ(TM) consultative services
The Ottawa Hospital's substantial equipment acquisitions are fundamental
to the partnership agreement, but they are not the linchpin to TOHCC's
success, Doiron said. To maximize TOHCC's clinical and operational value, The
Ottawa Hospital subjected their existing centre to an intensive process review
and restructuring through STRATEGIQ(TM) consultative tools and services.
Several Elekta representatives went to The Ottawa Hospital beginning in
late 2008 and started the initial process review that carried on into early
"They mapped our processes in detail," he explained. "The analysis
covered everything from patient referral to the cancer centre, the patients'
care and their discharge. Everything was documented in a process flow. This
allowed Elekta staff to identify business and clinical practices that we could
improve and also helped us prioritize what we needed to successfully launch
and operate the Queensway Carleton site's service."
TOHCC experience will spur Elekta technology development
The Elekta-TOHCC partnership agreement will provide Elekta with a wealth
of clinical data on the performance and effectiveness of its technology, with
the aim of using this experience and knowledge to make Elekta's offerings more
effective and efficient.
"Combining our technological and clinical resources in The Ottawa
Hospital-Elekta partnership agreement is far more than a business
transaction," said Gerry Hogue, Vice President and General Manager, Elekta
Canada. "This agreement represents the formation of a major, collaborative
strategic relationship that we predict will not only benefit the respective
partners long into the future, but also will greatly increase access to and
increase the quality of cancer management for thousands of patients."
About The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre
TOHCC (formerly the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre) is a cancer treatment
and research facility providing cancer services to patients in Ottawa and
Eastern Ontario. It is part of The Ottawa Hospital, which serves the
healthcare needs of the 1.2 million residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario
and is one of the largest teaching and research facilities in Canada.
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and
clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company
develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems
for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software
systems across the spectrum of cancer care.
Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing
intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both
healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even
save patient lives, making the future possible today.
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over
5,000 hospitals globally, and every day more than 100,000 patients receive
diagnosis, treatment or follow-up with the help of a solution from the Elekta
Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter
is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic
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