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i2o Case Study, Part I: The Role of the Cancer Registry
The Cancer Registry

With six months under my belt as the client relationship manager for CHAMPS Oncology’s cloud-based analytics system, insight2oncology® (i2o®), I’ve had the opportunity to see i2o in action for our clients and fully appreciate the unique information it reveals for cancer service lines across the country.

What even is the cancer registry?

When I began in this position, I knew cancer was a huge burden on the national healthcare system. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the second leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for roughly 1,500 deaths a day and over $100 billion in healthcare care costs each year. What I wasn’t familiar with was the cancer registry - created to reduce the cancer burden in human populations by identifying determinants of cancer risks and improving outcomes. By tracking the course of treatments (on a grand scale) across multiple cancer diagnoses, the cancer registry is helping us get closer to finding ways to prevent, treat and eventually cure cancer.

So what can the cancer registry tell us about patients? 

Now that I am well-versed in the cancer registry, I think of it as a detailed contact card for each cancer patient. For every person diagnosed, a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) meticulously follows the patient’s cancer journey for the remainder of their life, capturing important details about their diagnosis, stage, treatments, and outcomes. The more detail provided about the patient experience, the closer we can come to understanding best practices on a grand scale.

Where does i2o come in? 

insight2oncology was created to highlight the existing and past trends of hospitals, and hospital systems, as they search for ways to take decisive action to better serve their cancer population. In May, Karen Schmidt blogged about our Why i2o? animated video which succinctly addresses i2o FAQs we have become very familiar with answering. Today, I’m launching a series of posts that will detail the journey of a hospital system that uses i2o to identify problems, trends and outcomes to bring about necessary change for the health and sustainability of the entire cancer program across its three facilities. 

Thank you for reading part one of my series and please stay tuned over the next few months for more on this informal case study! 

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Joseph Castellano

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10+ Years of Client Experience

ASK ME ABOUT | insight2oncology, Cancer Data & Analytics, Cancer Registry Operations, Strategic Planning, Client Relations, Contract Negotiations

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