EHR Cancer Registry Link Allowing Patients to Receive Better Care

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Collaboration of state and cancer registries is allowing cancer patients to receive better care as well as healthcare organizations to be more informed on their patients.

State Cancer Registries

Health information exchange and technology interoperability ensure the secure transfer of clinical data between EHR systems and federal, state and local government databases. Interoperable technology makes relevant data instantly available to healthcare providers, clinical researchers and government agencies. Encouraging a step forward in health information exchange standards, the University of Kentucky developed the first working model of an EHR medical software link that contributes cancer diagnosis data to the state’s cancer registry.

Through the collaboration between the state’s Cancer Registry, the Kentucky Health Information Exchange and Regional Extension Center and the CDC, oncologists can now enter real time clinical data into the Kentucky Cancer Registry. This, in turn, helps epidemiologists analyze statistics and patterns occurring within the state. The EHR software link’s development was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Comparative Effectiveness Research activity, working toward developing EHR standards that report directly to the Cancer Registry. According to Tom Tucker, the director of the state’s registry, the university’s model makes comparative effectiveness research in oncological studies possible.

Launched in October, five new cancer diagnoses have already been transmitted to the cancer database by a dermatology clinic in Paducah. The state’s Regional Extension Center and Health Information Exchange have currently partnered up with 43 other oncology healthcare providers for EHR reporting.