Key messages

  • Queensland Oncology On-Line-Victoria (QOOL-Vic) has been developed to support multidisciplinary teams by assisting meeting preparation, communication and documentation of essential clinical information such as diagnosis, cancer stage and recommended treatment plans.
  • QOOL-Vic provides continuity of care and state-wide multidisciplinary team linkage and provides access to clinical outcomes and system performance data for quality improvement. The system provides a central view of patient data for multiple users, accessible at multiple locations. When a patient is referred to another multidisciplinary team (MDT) or health service supported by QOOL-Vic, the full multidisciplinary team meeting (MDM) history is available.
  • QOOL-Vic supports automated patient demographic information, pathology results, and communication to clinical stakeholders that improves the meeting efficiency and quality of the data presented to clinicians.

The Department of Health is inviting Victorian health services that conduct cancer multidisciplinary team meetings to contact it for implementation and on-going access to the state-wide MDM software platform QOOL-Vic. Access is fee free for public health services.

Health services are welcome to contact DH for a demonstration of QOOL-Vic.

About the QOOL-Vic software

QOOL-Vic is the only Department of Health endorsed state-wide meeting software, it has been developed to support multidisciplinary teams by assisting meeting preparation, communication and documentation of essential clinical information such as diagnosis, cancer stage and recommend treatment plans.

QOOL-Vic provides continuity of care and state-wide multidisciplinary team linkage and provides access to clinical outcomes and system performance data for quality improvement. The system provides a central view of patient data for multiple users, accessible at multiple locations. 

Health services can access QOOL-Vic by entering into a sub-licensing arrangement with the department. For more information, see QOOL-Vic MDM software for Victoria (PDF)

Users feedback on QOOL-VIC

  • A/Prof Euan Walpole
    'QOOL has positively impacted MDMs in Queensland. QOOL provides a rich source of clinically relevant information about the patient for good multidisciplinary case conferencing and high quality decision making and supports access to expert specialist input in decisions about the patient’s care which are recorded. Even when the patient may be attending a regional location for treatment their case can be presented to a meeting with specialty tumour stream expertise in a metropolitan facility and the information is available locally as all sites using QOOL can share patients with other QOOL sites. The data collected has been driven by MDT clinicians and enables local reporting and comparison of clinical decision making to other teams in the state and published standards where available. QOOL has become a significant enabler in the care of Queensland cancer patients. '

    A/Prof Euan Walpole
    Medical Director, Division of Cancer Services, PAH
    Cancer Stream Leader, Metro South Health, Queensland Health

Frequently asked questions

  • How much does it cost to use QOOL-VIC?
    QOOL-Vic is provided by DH fee free to public health services.
  • Can QOOL-VIC interface with existing systems (such as EMR, PAS…)?

    QOOL-Vic is being enhanced to work with the Victorian unique patient identifier project and via this will allow interfacing to a PAS. Furthermore QOOL-Vic is structured in a way that interfacing with other systems is possible, however this work would need to be scoped and costed by the Queensland Cancer Alliance and any associated costs need to be covered by the health service.

  • How does the automated pathology feed to QOOL-VIC work?

    QOOL-Vic leverages off the existing infrastructure used by pathology labs to report cancer notifications to the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR), the e-path system. The e-path system currently covers approximately 97% of cancer notifications. The notification rules for e-path can be accessed.

  • How to implement QOOL-Vic?
    Implementing QOOL-Vic is easy. As a secure web-based software product, it requires no local installation. All you need is a web browser – already available on virtually every PC! QOOL-Vic allows patient data access for multiple users, accessible anywhere, anytime after a user account is created. User training will be provided by the department to support user customisable configuration (e.g. the system layout is customisable per tumour stream).
  • Will QOOL-Vic support Victorian Integrated Non-Admitted Health (VINAH) reporting?
    Yes, QOOL-Vic will meet VINAH reporting requirement for MDMs.