Linda Reimers, BS, CTR and Dawn DeBolt, BS, RHIA, CTR of Registry Partners, recently published an article in the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators membership newsletter (Volume 27 Number 4, 2017: Vol27-No4-Cancer Registry), titled “Understanding Cancer Registry Data Collection and Data Mining”.
The purpose of the article was to highlight the importance of the cancer registry and promote the use of cancer registry data that is often underutilized.
In the article Linda and Dawn provided an overview of the following:
- Who determines what data are collected?
- Who collects the data?
- When are the data collected?
- Where does the cancer registry obtain its information?
- What information is collected in a cancer registry?
- How is the cancer registry database created?
- How is the quality of the data assessed?
The Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators newsletter can be retrieved by SROA members via the SROA website at www.sroa.org. For Non-SROA professionals we have been provided permission by the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators to share a pdf of the article on our blog.
Linda and Dawn are working on a follow-up article that will be released in the spring highlighting various data set examples that can be retrieved from the cancer registry and how valuable the data is to health care professionals across the cancer care continuum … promoting the use of cancer registry data is something all cancer registry professionals should be very eager and proud to do.