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Medical Physics

Quality and Safety in the Cloud

Leuenberger, Ronald1; Kocak, Ryan1; Jordan, David W.2; George, Tim3

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000894

Science and technology have outpaced our human ability to process and analyze the myriad data systems that extend throughout an enterprise of health care networks. Medical physicists must learn to work collaboratively with computer programmers, data scientists, administrators, and health care providers in the data-rich environment of modern health care, embracing and practicing a new discipline: cloud-based medical physics. This article addresses four distinct topics: (1) Evolution of health care systems, networks and electronic medical records (EMR); (2) Evolution of medical physics with scientific discoveries and technological advancements; (3) Evolution of information technology including; metadata, enterprise and the cloud; and (4) Medical physics enterprise: adaptive approach to quality and safety for the 21st Century.

1VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, 10701 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106;

2University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH;

3iCIMS Software, 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Ron Leuenberger, CHP is the Radiation Safety Officer at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. He has >30 y experience in radiation protection with >14 y experience in Medical Health Physics and >7 y as RSO. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). His email is

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