Ushering in the new age of cancer data utilization: untapped potential

As the number of hospital participants in clinical registries grows at a pace of 7% each year, the industry’s inventory is plagued with misunderstandings and diminished data integrity. As a result, a treasure-trove of data that could benefit patient care is largely untapped. To realize its potential, hospital systems must address the misconception that the data reflects rudimentary measurement captured exclusively for government reporting as well as staffing issues, data reporting timeliness and clinical and administrative engagement.

Solution: Consistent data procurement model

Data integrity

  • Consider alternative staffing models to accommodate sustainability and ensure standardization both at the facility and system
  • Use concurrent case-finding and abstracting best practices to provide real-time actionable data.
  • Implement a quality assurance program to identify gaps in data completeness and sampling methodology.
  • Provide a high level of staff education to facilitate ongoing skill confidence.


  • Utilize available real-time data for the institution’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts, allowing for evaluation, management, and surveillance of the quality of cancer patient care.
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