Radiating Hope Charity Connects Clinical Experts to Radiation Clinics in Developing Countries Using Quentry® Image Sharing and Collaboration
Clinicians work together across continents using medical data exchange to offer expert second opinions and guidance to improve outcomes for patients.
Chicago, Illinois, December 18, 2014 — Doctors in the U.S. are using the cloud-based collaboration platform Quentry® in partnership with Radiating Hope, a nonprofit organization committed to improving cancer care globally. Quentry is a cloud-based collaboration platform that enables medical professionals to share and organize patient imaging studies and supporting documentation in order to help bridge the gap between expert knowledge and timely access to patient data.
Radiating Hope is a multinational non-profit focused on improving cancer outcomes in underserved areas of the developing world by providing modern equipment, expert knowledge and operational support to radiation clinics in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Tanzania. By assisting in the delivery of advanced cancer care in underserved markets, Radiating Hope is addressing a critical need. In developing countries, cancer is the leading cause of death due to a shortage of technology and expertise. Quentry provides a critical information bridge to U.S. clinicians offering peer support to doctors in these African clinics. Clinicians are able to conduct remote tumor boards using patient images and other data whether across town or across the globe via this online service. The service is web-based with mobile viewers and no installation hardware so data can be accessed anytime and anywhere with a reliable Internet connection.
Radiating Hope takes an active role in delivering expert guidance to the clinics in the program using the Quentry service. Clinicians in Africa can upload their patient data sets including images, reports, and other documents to the cloud with one click. Once there, the remote tumor board members in the U.S. receive automatic notifications and can begin collaborating immediately. A new feature of Quentry called Dose Review, now makes it possible for treatment plans to be simulated locally in Africa or at the US partner sites and then viewed and discussed online.
“Quentry works very well for the type of global collaboration we provide through Radiating Hope,” said Aaron Odom, physicist at Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, Kentucky and volunteer physics expert for Radiating Hope. “We can offer our clinical opinions using the image sharing and treatment planning tools like Dose Review. Low profile technologies like Quentry are critical in helping address the lack of cancer care on whole continents like Africa.”
“We’re proud that our technology is at the forefront of combatting cancer on a global, collaborative level,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO, Brainlab. “It has always been our mission to increase access to and consistency of treatment, and Quentry, in conjunction with the volunteer physicians of Radiating Hope, is the technology to fulfill that mission.”
To learn more, visit brainlab.com/quentry.
Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to advanced, less invasive patient treatments.
Core products center on information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiation therapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. Brainlab technology powers treatments in radiosurgery and radiotherapy as well as numerous surgical fields including neurosurgery, orthopaedic, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma.
Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has over 5,000 systems installed in about 95 countries. Brainlab employs 1200 people in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 research & development engineers, who form a crucial part of the product development team.
To learn more, visit brainlab.com.
About Radiating Hope
Radiating Hope is a 100% volunteer-run, mountain climbing, cancer-cure focused nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improve cancer care, specifically radiation oncology care, around the globe.
Founded by mountain-climbing radiation oncologists who want to help cancer patients around the world, Radiating Hope provides radiation equipment to countries where cancer care is hard to find, and optimal treatments are sparse.
Radiating Hope provides equipment in several different ways: by raising funds and awareness through climbs, prayer flags and other projects, and by forging partnerships with medical professionals and equipment manufacturers.