Over 40 years of cancer registry leadership makes CHAMPS Oncology the perfect partners in healing.

Karen Schmidt

Karen Schmidt, CTR

Vice President

Karen Schmidt, CTR, is the vice president of CHAMPS Oncology, the leaders in cancer registry operations. In this role, Schmidt is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of CHAMPS Oncology.

With 17 years of cancer registry experience, Schmidt exudes leadership, innovation, and passion. As a cancer survivor herself, Karen and her entire team of highly skilled cancer registry experts strive to promote the cancer registry profession, improve the quality of cancer data, serve their valued clients, and make a difference in their cancer care initiatives.

Schmidt and her team’s ultimate goal is to provide better data to cancer programs and healthcare providers across the country to improve patient care and save lives. In order to achieve this goal and to maximize their clients’ cancer registries, CHAMPS Oncology develops outsourcing solutions for each client’s cancer program. To do this successfully, they work together as a unified team to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the cancer program by completing two in-depth assessments.
  • Ensure everyday registry operations (e.g., casefinding, abstracting, and follow-up) are performed and managed efficiently.
  • Verify the quality of cancer registry data by reviewing staff abstracting, performing CHAMPS-designed reliability studies; and ensuring CTRs and registry staff receive ongoing training.
  • Analyze and interpret cancer data in order to provide clients with a new perspective of their market position by using CHAMPS Oncology’s cloud-based system, insight2oncology®.
  • And lastly, provide guidance and recommendations to assist with the interpretation and implementation of the Commission on Cancer standards and guidelines.

Karen is very closely involved with making integral business decisions, contributing to the cancer registry industry as well as providing cancer program expertise to clients.

In 2018, CHAMPS Oncology was named one of Healthcare Tech Outlook's "Top 10 Healthcare Analytics Solution Providers of 2018." Due to this recognition, Healthcare Tech Outlook interviewed Schmidt and Toni Hare in the article “Maximizing the Potential of Cancer Registries to the Fullest."

Schmidt most recently served as the associate vice president of CHAMPS Oncology. Previously, she held senior leadership positions in human resources and communications. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as an associate’s degree in Cancer Information Management.

She has experience:

  • Assisting administrative and cancer care leadership at new and existing cancer programs to achieve/maintain compliance with the Commission on Cancer standards.
  • Establishing processes to assess cancer registry workflow and productivity.
  • Creating customized tracking mechanisms for cancer programs to monitor Commission on Cancer compliance.
  • Developing statistical analysis and outcome reports.
  • Mentoring new cancer registry professionals.

She is currently a member of:

  • Association of Cancer Executives
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • National Cancer Registrar Association

Schmidt's speaking topics include:

  • Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient Centered Care 
  • Maximizing Your Cancer Registry Data - Administrative Planning, Migration Analysis & Financial Impact
  • Streamlining Registry Processes

For more information or to contact Karen Schmidt, CTR, please call 216.255.3671 or contact us.

Articles by Karen Schmidt, CTR

Happy Holidays Blog Happy Holidays From the CHAMPS Oncology Team! Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Dec 16, 2020

On behalf of the entire CHAMPS Oncology team, happy holidays! The holidays are often a time of gratitude and reflection, and this holiday season is...

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Cancer impact blog COVID-19 and Its Impact on Casefinding, Caseloads, Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow Up Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Aug 6, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients and physicians have been forced to make difficult decisions regarding cancer treatments.

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2020 National Cancer Survivors Day National Cancer Survivors Day: Celebrating Life Today and Everyday Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Jun 8, 2020

Today marks National Cancer Survivors Day, a day in which we get to celebrate each and every cancer survivor across the globe.

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current-commission-on-cancer-standards Keeping Current With Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Mar 19, 2020

Have you been keeping current with the most recent Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards? If not, here’s your chance.

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Cancer Ribbons September Cancer Awareness - Do Your Part to Promote Early Detection! Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Sep 30, 2019

Before the month draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to spread September cancer awareness and encourage activities that lead to early...

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blog takeaway NCRA's "Mountains of Change" Part I: Precision Medicine & Genetics Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Jul 23, 2019

By Karen Mordarski, RHIT, CTR, Cancer Information Specialist

NCRA’s 2019 Educational Conference in Denver, Colorado, was built around the theme, “Navigating the Mountains of Change.

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John McLeod Video Interview with VeloSano Rider John McLeod Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  Jul 16, 2019

Earlier this month, CHAMPS Oncology announced that IT Data Architect John McLeod would participate in the VeloSano Two-Day "bike for the cure" ride in my...

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Better Data Saves Lives Better Data Saves Lives™ Posted by Karen Schmidt, CTR  |  May 6, 2019

Wow! What a whirlwind the past week has been.

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