The Cancer Registry is a vital tool for monitoring patient outcomes. HRCI collects data according to the Commission on Cancer standards and coding instructions. Successful operation of the cancer registry requires credentialed staff that is trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of cancer data collection. The recognized credential for a cancer registry professional is CTR, which is granted through the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). At HRCI, Jackie Recinos CRT ensures accurate and timely collection of cancer patient data, which allows for the evaluation of patient outcomes and identification of opportunities for improvement.
Data collection includes: patient identification, cancer identification, stage of disease at diagnosis, first course of treatment, and outcomes. Data submitted to the National Cancer Data Base are used to provide feedback to assess the quality of patient care. This feedback enables cancer programs to compare treatment and outcomes with regional, state, and national patterns of care.
Cancer Conferences are an essential way to provide multidisciplinary consultative services for patients, as well as offer education to physicians and allied health professionals. HRCI ensures cancer cases are discussed at cancer conferences. Cancer conferences can improve cancer care by allowing physicians to contribute to the patient management process. Consultative services are optimal when physician representatives from surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and pathology participate.