US-based radiation oncology treatments and software maker Varian Medical Systems has joined hands with Sify Technologies — one of the largest integrated ICT solutions and services provider in India — to provide software-as-a-service (SaaS) to radiotherapy centres across the country.
The service will be offered across Cancer Treatment Services International’s (CTSI’s) network of cancer hospitals in India. Under the multi-million dollar programme, oncology information and treatment planning software will be made available on the cloud to allow clinical teams to “focus on delivering high quality, consistent care to our patients”, said Vishal Bali, CTSI’s Chairman.
CTSI’s flagship facility in Hyderabad, which is operated under the name American Oncology Institute (AOI), has been the first in India to implement remote software hosting, which will facilitate the use of evidence-based protocols and tools, Bali added.
“We are delighted with how this project has come to fruition. It has been delivered on time and the result is very impressive. Our clinical teams now have access to a robust centralised electronic system and are no longer working in isolation,” said Joe Nicholas, co-founder and executive director of CTSI.
CTSI’s subscription to this innovative service will ensure that clinical teams in network hospitals are freed up to focus on treating cancer patients, said Steve Laws, Varian’s head of software sales in the EMEIA region.
“We have come up with a common platform stored in a private cloud, through which all practitioners in the network have instant access to all data. With this model, all radiation planning can be done remotely in a process that has been streamlined from disease detection to treatment,” said Raju Vegesna, chairman, Sify Technologies.
The innovative service has the potential to change the way oncology treatment is handled in India and across South-East Asia.