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The Australasian Conference on Error in Medical Imaging

The third Australasian Conference on Error in Medical Imaging will take place in Adelaide on 21st - 22nd November, 2014. The theme for this multidisciplinary conference will be ‘making imaging safer’ through information technology, quality improvement, informatics, human factors and systems approaches. Click here for more information, or visit the conference website here.
For information on the Radiology Adverse Events Register, and to submit reports, please visit www.raer.org.au

ROSIS Workshop 2015; Dublin, Ireland

The next Dublin ROSIS Workshop on Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology will be held from 14th - 17th September, 2015. Please email us to register your interest.

ROSIS Workshop 3rd September 2014; Melbourne Convention Centre, Australia, in conjunction with the Combined Scientific Meeting

Introduction to Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology and Radiology. A One-Day Special Edition Workshop with examples from Radiation Oncology and Radiology.

This one day course gives an introduction to patient safety, with examples from Radiation Oncology and Radiology. It will provide information to enable participants to begin to critically evaluate patient safety. Click here for more information on this Workshop.

ROSIS Workshop 2013; Dublin, Ireland

The ROSIS Workshop on Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology was held in Dublin, 9th - 12th September, 2013 (3½ days).

ASTRO - Oral Presentation on ROSIS

Dr Leah Schubert, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, will give an oral presentation at ASTRO entitled "Analysis of an International Error Reporting Database to Enhance Patient Safety". This paper describes research on improving the initial clinical chart review process. This is achieved by identifying safety-critical information through the analysis of an international error reporting database (ROSIS), and highlighting the safety-critical information in treatment plan report documentation. The presentation will be on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 1:30PM in the Informatics/Bioinformatics session.

**The anonymised ROSIS database may be provided to individual researchers or research organisations on request. Please contact us for more information.**

ROSIS Workshop presentations are now online

The Presentations from the recent ROSIS Workshop in Melbourne Australia are now online - click here to view the ROSIS Workshop Presentations.

ROSIS Workshop on Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology, 4th-5th October 2012, Melbourne, Australia

The first Australian ROSIS workshop on Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology was held in Melbourne on 4th-5th October. The workshop was attended by RTs, Physicists and ROs from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. Click here for more information on ROSIS Workshops.

ROSIS Website translation available using Google(TM) Translate toolbar

We have added a Google(TM) Translate tool to the ROSIS website for your convenience. Under the ROSIS Banner at the top left of the page, you can select one of 51 languages in which to view the website. We hope that this may be useful for non-native english speakers, but anticipate that the quality of the translation may vary, particularly using discipline-specific terms. Let us know what you think about the quality of the translation at rosis@rosis.info

ECCO Oncovideos Launched - including video on Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology

Oncovideos is a series of videos demonstrating standard practical procedures related to the various oncology disciplines targeting young oncologists who need practice oriented training.
Each video features a leading expert from one of the 18 cancer teaching partner institutions, performing and explaining the particular process involved. Topics covered include surgical oncology, radiotherapy, medical oncology, paediatric oncology and neuro-oncology, and each video lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. Both the topics and experts involved were selected by the European societies representing each specific oncology discipline: EANO, ESMO, ESSO, ESTRO and SIOPE.

A total of 24 videos are available. All videos are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE), allowing users to collect CME credit points.

Coordinated by ECCO – The European CanCer Organisation, the Oncovideos project has been funded with support from the European Commission and is freely available to all oncology healthcare professionals upon a simple registration process.

View the oncovideo on "Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology" here: www.ecco-org.eu/oncovideos/Radiation-Oncology.aspx. View all videos here: www.ecco-org.eu/oncovideos


NEW REPORTING SYSTEM GOES LIVE

ROSIS has developed a customised taxonomy for use in radiotherapy, which links with other major taxonomies in the areas of radiotherapy and healthcare. The initial reporting system has been revised to incorporate this taxonomy at the point of reporting, and to capture more information on radiotherapy techniques and technologies.

Please log-in to view our guide to reporting, and to send a report.

What is ROSIS?

ROSIS is an acronym for "Radiation Oncology Safety Information System" and it is a voluntary web-based safety information database for radiotherapy.

ROSIS enables the exchange of safety information within the radiotherapy community. The system is based on professional front-line staff in radiotherapy clinics reporting incidents and corrective actions over the Internet to a database. Reporting is confidential in relation to the reporter, clinic and country and anonymised in relation to the patient.

ROSIS aims to reduce the occurrence of incidents in radiation oncology by:
  • Enabling clinics to share reports on incidents with other clinics as well as with other stakeholders such as scientific and professional bodies
  • Collecting and analysing information on the occurrence, detection, severity and correction of radiotherapy related incidents
  • Disseminating these results and generally promoting awareness of incidents and a safety culture in radiation oncology.
Radiotherapy professionals can learn from the types of mistakes submitted to ROSIS. ROSIS is an independent, voluntary reporting and learning system; nonetheless lessons from ROSIS can be noted by policy makers and regulators. Over the past year, publications by international organisations (WHO, UNSCEAR, ICRP) have used ROSIS reports to highlight particular issues or to learn from incidents in RO. See ROSIS Newsletter 6.

Learning from ROSIS

Reading the incident reports in their original format is probably the most basic form of learning, but the narratives can be very effective at proving the existence of mistakes and how easily they can occur in any department.

All "old" ROSIS incident reports are available under the main menu heading "ROSIS Safety Information". All "new" ROSIS incident reports are available in the member's area once you log-in to the system. You can search this online database under predefined headings. Further search options will be provided in due course.

The full anonymised database can be provided to individual researchers or research organisations on request. Please contact us for more information.

ROSIS provides themed lessons through database analysis leading to the publication of spotlight cases or newsletters, and scientific publications and presentations.
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