The University of Kentucky recently created the nation’s first working model for electronic health record reporting of cancer cases to the state cancer registry.
The model allows Kentucky providers to feed clinical data to the Kentucky Cancer Registry in real time, helping epidemiologists identify trends in cancer statistics more quickly.
The project was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Comparative Effectiveness Research activities through the CDC. Principal investigators received a $976,449 subcontract.
“This project is laying the groundwork for electronic reporting not only in Kentucky but across the United States,” said principal investigator Eric Durbin, director of cancer informatics at the Kentucky Cancer Registry.
Electronic health record reporting to cancer registries becomes part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Meaningful Use Stage 2 Jan. 1, 2014. The incentive program is designed to improve healthcare through increased utilization of information technology by healthcare providers.
Cancer incidence is higher in Kentucky than in any other state in the country.