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SMART Tools

Encourage the development of technological resources that enable the practice of MP3.0 efficiently and consistently.

Smart Tools

What are SMART Tools?

When we say 'smart tool' we simply mean any tool that can improve the quality or efficiency of your daily work. There are many examples of smart tools in the clinic: treatment planning software, quality assurance software etc. However, there are also many areas that hinder the development of 'smarter tools'.

Problem
Goal
Problem

Very often for new technologies, each clinic may develop its own approach to validating these technologies. In this case, better sharing of tools and information could improve the adoption speed for important new technologies. Recent examples include the rather slow adoption of IMRT and deformable image registration techniques within clinics.

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Goal
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  • Code sharing repository
  • Hosted discussion forums for problems, ideas, solutions
  • Online educational lectures hosted by subject area experts.
Problem

The regulatory environment for the use of homegrown software in the clinic is confusing and intimidating. this means that often physicists do not feel empowered to solve problems they see in front of them, but have to wait for a vendor supplied solution.

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Goal
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  • Compile info on regulatory environments into an accessible and user friendly format.
Problem

At present, medical physicists are not always well equipped to develop smarter tools themselves; e.g. basic coding literacy across the field could be improved.

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Goal
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  • Identify and link to best practice resources for e.g. coding in a clinical environment.
Problem

Part of the reason that physicists are not developing smarter tools is simply that they are overwhelmed with clinical work. This could be improved by improved success at obtaining research funding.

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Goal
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  • Identify and link to best practice research funding resources
  • Track AAPM member success obtaining research funding
Problem

There is a well-known barrier between academic research and clinical adoption. This means that even when physicists are developing smarter tools, they are often never translated to the clinic.

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Goal
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  • Identify obstacles to translation of research
  • Develop methods to track the translation of NIH funded research
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