The ASPE Technical Expert Panel on Improving Cancer Policy Research through Information Technology
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This report was produced under a contract to SciMetrika by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Science and Data Policy. The ASPE project Officer was James Sorace MD MS.
James Sorace MD MS
Senior Medical Officer
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Science and Data Policy
Today, cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The initial diagnosis of cancer is a complex process involving many healthcare specialists. Two physician specialties often at the center of this initial cancer diagnosis are radiology and pathology. While neither radiologists nor pathologists are usually involved in direct patient care, their collective findings and interventions are responsible for subsequent cancer patient treatment and outcome. The issue of workflows between radiology and pathology and the need for communication, correlation and resolution of discordant findings between the two groups to reduce diagnostic errors is the focus of this report. The report also discussed how tumor registries can benefit from these improved workflows.