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Varian, McKesson Specialty Health collaborate for radiotherapy equipment and software

Varian Medical Systems has entered into a strategic agreement for the deployment and servicing of its advanced radiotherapy equipment and software over a three-year period across The US Oncology Network and Vantage Oncology affiliated sites of care.

This multiyear agreement delivers significant value to oncology providers in The US Oncology Network, which now operates the largest system of radiotherapy facilities in the U.S. following the acquisition of Vantage Oncology earlier this year.

Over the next two years, seven Varian TrueBeam and five VitalBeam medical linear accelerators will be installed in The US Oncology Network and Vantage Oncology affiliated cancer centers across the U.S.

 In addition, McKesson and Varian will collaborate to establish interoperability between McKesson Specialty Health's iKnowMedSM electronic health record (EHR) system and Varian's ARIA® oncology information system.

 The interoperability aims to deliver direct value to all physicians using these information systems in managing patient care. 

"McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network offer robust, comprehensive practice management capabilities, value-based care expertise, and state-of-the-art technology solutions to its affiliated practices, providing support as they navigate today's challenging healthcare landscape," said Kirk Kaminsky, president of The US Oncology Network and Practice Management for McKesson Specialty Health.

"Combined, Vantage Oncology and The US Oncology Network support more than 1,300 affiliated physicians and approximately 400 affiliated sites of care.”

"We are honored by the long-term commitment McKesson Specialty Health is making in Varian equipment and technology as part of this agreement," said Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business.

"Our companies share a common goal to develop and deliver the highest level of care. Through this strategic agreement, we are increasing the ability of patients to access the most advanced treatments in their fight against cancer."

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging.  The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiation.

The company provides comprehensive solutions for radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices.

Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, cables and connectors as well as image processing software and workstations for use in medical and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing.