From Print to Interoperability: Cancer Staging in the EHR
8:30am - 9:30amThursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has existed since 1959 and has been publishing the Cancer Staging Manual since 1977. In 39 years, a total of eight manuals have been produced and the AJCC has made TNM the language of cancer. As workflows at medical facilities have evolved from paper medical records to electronic health records (EHR), AJCC realized the need to evolve with the workflow of their users. In 2013, in anticipation of the next edition of the Cancer Staging Manual, the AJCC took up the challenge of moving the content from printed book format to an electronic format that could be truly interoperable. AJCC decided to develop an application programming interface (API) to mirror the book version of the AJCC's 8th edition Cancer Staging Manual to be used within EHRs with complete accuracy. The API provides updates electronically to ensure that users are utilizing the most current information possible.