Scoping the Processes and Feasibility of a Synoptic Breast Pathology Reporting Module
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This report presents the work that has been done in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program during the summer term from May to August 2012. The internship work exclusively focused on issues that are related to health informatics. With biomedical engineering background and some programming skills, this internship experience was very useful for combining the health fields and informatics. The internship work experience at the organization related directly with the materials that had been taught in the Master of Health Informatics program. This report is part of the internship course requirements. It gives a short description of the organization and describes the work duties and responsibilities that were assigned by the supervisor. The pathologists have been facing difficulties in preparing pathology reports for cancer cases. The process of creating templates in Millennium is not user friendly and requires more time to create the final report. In addition, there is an extensive amount of editing and deleting when preparing the pathology report templates. This report presents the solution for pathology reporting for breast cancer. The main task was to scope out the processes involved and the feasibility of implementing breast cancer pathology synoptic reporting in the clinical setting, and to investigate the suitability of the Caisis platform for this purpose. The synoptic report will improve the time required for and the quality of data management, reduce missing information, and guarantee the completeness of the essential information. In addition, the report will present a specific problem and approach solution to map the breast cancer protocol to Caisis data tables. The author’s internship work has provided skills to create an exciting solution for the healthcare organization. This solution will help pathologists who are doing the pathology reporting for breast cancer to get more benefits than from traditional pathology reporting. As well, oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, researchers, and other clinicians can benefit from this solution. By adopting the solution of an electronic synoptic report, the organization can comply with the requirements for the College of American Pathologists. In addition, the electronic reporting template for cancer synoptic protocol can be useful for designing a model that can help to create medical records. The computerized synoptic reporting will improve pathology reporting for breast cancer. The synoptic report will reduce the time required for pathologists to prepare their reports and improve the quality of data management. In addition, it can help to reduce missing information and guarantee the completeness of the essential information. The benefits of adopting synoptic pathology reports will make it easier to extract information from the report.