CAP Is Helping Laboratories Report Cancer Data to Registries in Real Time

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To cure cancer, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force has called for improvements in cancer data reporting and sharing. Currently, it can take up to two years for cancer data to be fully reported to state and federal cancer registries, which are required by law to perform active cancer surveillance and to share information about the current state of cancer care in the United States. In that vein, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is helping laboratories to report cancer data directly to cancer registries in real time in an effort to maximize efficiency, accuracy, and integrity of data for patients and their care providers.

In Ontario, Canada, all laboratories must report their cancer data to their central provincial registry; they do so with a high level of efficiency with structured cancer reports produced using the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC). The state of California is currently progressing down the same road, with an effort by the California Department of Public Health to get the majority of the state reporting cancer data in real time to the California Cancer Registry (CCR). The CAP eCC is helping both projects streamline data to improve patient health, and ultimately to aid in the quest to cure cancer.

The CAP eCC is helping … to improve patient health, and ultimately to aid in the quest to cure cancer.

The CAP eCC enables pathologists to use the CAP Cancer Protocols for diagnostic surgical cancer case reporting (www.cap.org/cancerprotocols) directly within their laboratory information system to ensure that each report is complete and fully compliant with varied accreditation requirements. Eliminating the need for manual processing speeds the transmission of information, eliminates the possibility of missing data, and increases accuracy.

We can provide you several sources to discuss these projects, including:

  • Patrick Fitzgibbons, MD, FCAP, Chief Pathologist at St. Jude’s Hospital / St. Joseph Health Southern California, which is using electronic reporting in at least five of its hospitals.
  • Sandra Slater, Senior Clinical Informaticist at St. Joseph Health overseeing the cancer
    registry project. She also worked on the Cancer Care Ontario project with Guelph General Hospital and can compare/contrast the US cancer-care approach with that of Canada.
  • Matt Conens, Office of Public Affairs, California Department of Public Health
  • CAP President Richard Friedberg can discuss CAP’s vision for cancer registries and how its electronic offerings are positively impacting patient care and influencing cancer research right now.
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