This use case scenario allows for ambulatory or eligible professionals within physician offices, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and dentist offices to electronically send cancer information to the cancer registry without interrupting normal workflow. Ambulatory and eligible professionals within physician offices may obtain Meaningful Use credit.
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Population-based surveillance is critical to support control activities aimed at reducing cancer morbidity and mortality.
Cancer registries throughout the United States are required to collect complete and timely cancer diagnostic, treatment, and outcome data. This data comes from healthcare providers including hospitals, physician offices, treatment centers, clinics, laboratories, and other facilities.
Sending cancer notifications to a central statewide registry:
- Allows an initial evaluation of cancer incidence within various regions
- Provides a source to baseline incidence data.
- Enables an evaluation of cancer frequency by demographic characteristics such as age, race, and sex
- Generates significant value for researchers in epidemiological case-control studies
Cancer notifications are also helpful in planning health education and addressing public health concerns within regions of interest.
The “Cancer Notifications” use case scenario is part of the Lab Orders-Results use case.
The following documents are available for this scenario: