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Switzerland's Hopital Riviera Improves Confidence in Patient Treatment with Elekta's Identify Solution
Date:9/13/2013

VEVEY, Switzerland, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As a new medical center, Hopital Riviera's daily radiotherapy patient volume started out small, but now – averaging 40 patients per day – patient volume has significantly increased. The introduction of VMAT in many more cases has resulted in a substantial reduction in the time slot – from 15 to 20 minutes down to 10-15 minutes – which has enabled a 50 percent increase in patients treated per day.

Patient volume at Hopital Riviera could go even higher, as the medical center is also among the first in the world to begin treating patients with Elekta's Versa HD™ system (July 2013).

To ensure optimal patient and accessory identification in its busy radiation oncology department, Hopital Riviera has begun using Elekta's Identify™ system, bringing an additional level of confidence to patient setup.

From the moment the patient enters the treatment room, Identify positively verifies the right patient and the accessories required for his or her treatment. Through integration with Elekta's MOSAIQ® Oncology Information System, it gives cancer care professionals confidence by ensuring the right accessories are present for each patient's treatment session. The key to Identify is that it is based on advanced radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology, which automates the identification of the patient and accessories and provides independent verification.

"Our main reason for purchasing Identify was enhancing patient security as an error-prevention measure as our volume increased," says Marc Pachoud, PhD, medical physicist at Hopital Riviera. "We had been using a manual checklist system. A bar code system was an option, but that would be too time-consuming for the techni
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