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Volume 19, Number 4, 2014

Intraoperative radiation therapy, opportunities for clinical practice normalization: MEDTING, a scientific platform

Felipe A. Calvo, Laura Alonso Murillo, Morena Sallabanda, Javier Martinez-Villanueva, Rafael Herranz, Claudio V. Sole

Summary:

Aim

To use a platform to analyze a subgroup specialized in evaluation of patients candidates to IOERT.

Background

Medting is a project that was initiated to support daily clinical activity, knowledge management and medical education by sharing information with other physicians. The project began at the “Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón”, which has a dedicated oncology physician's multi-specialist committee. There are many scientific social networks all over the world. Medting is the only platform that specializes in healthcare and has been developed for hospital purposes.

Materials and methods

Medting brings all together the relevant clinical information from electronic medical records and picture archiving about the patient to study. Subplatform Medting-IORT was created on February 2, 2012 at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon. It has 23 members, have been registered 18 cases with 238 multimedia images.

Results

Medting started with 28 physicians and five departments. After 6 months, proof of concept period, there are 225 physicians, more than 120 medical students and 39 departments in 3 hospitals using the scientific social network. Furthermore, the project is being extended on three more hospitals in Madrid.

Conclusion

Medting gives the opportunity to oncology physicians to access all relevant clinical information with the ability to discuss case notes and view images at any time. The impact of the Medting platform in a subgroup working team to evaluate IOERT patients candidates is included in the analysis. The use of a constantly updated repository based on real cases and the documentation of the internal activity of the tumor committee beyond the medical record, has become an extraordinary tool for teaching, training and learning.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2014; 19(4) : 253-258


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