This message is being sent to the NAACCR membership on behalf of the Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee.
On August 4th, NAACCR sent a notification to the Listserv regarding an HL7 ballot entitled Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Structured Data Capture (SDC) on FHIR. The Implementation Guide (IG) uses a form-driven workflow to capture and transmit data from the College of American Pathologists electronic Cancer Checklists (eCCs). After discussing with the Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee, it was recommended that NAACCR not make a formal vote on this ballot but to inform the membership of the purpose of this standard.
Please see attached for a summary of the initiative. In short:
· The HL7 IHE SDC/eCC on FHIR Implementation Guide describes how to convert CAP Electronic Cancer Protocols into FHIR Messages.
· If successful in this round of HL7 Balloting, the IHE SDC/eCC on FHIR will be ready for Trial Use, which means pathology software vendors will be able to test its implementation. This is the first step in testing a new standard. Revisions to the standard may be made to address any issues identified during the trial implementation.
· The HL7 IHE SDC/eCC on FHIR Implementation Guide and Cancer Pathology Data Sharing Implementation Guides have been developed based on the data requirements in the NAACCR Volume V specification, so no changes to data elements are being proposed.
· If successful and implemented by pathology laboratories, central cancer registries will need to collaborate with their Public Health Agency to utilize an existing or stand-up a new HL7 FHIR server to receive the HL7 FHIR cancer pathology data bundle. Data Modernization Initiatives across public health are moving toward the use of HL7 FHIR for data exchange, so these IGs will be ready for implementation when the infrastructure is put into place.
· Ultimately, the benefit to registries will be structured pathology data that is easier to process than text only reports.
· No action from central registries is needed at this time.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Sandy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Goel at email@example.com.
Colleen Sherman, MS, RHIA, CTR
Co-Chair, Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee