I've done a number of exercises with XML this spring. They have not gone well. We
will need a number of very powerful and robust tools to make this work.
a) A NAACCR XML Editor that would read a file as a flow that would display by patient all the patient and tumor information labeled. At the backend of the tool, you could choose which data items are displayed. Then in the tool, be able to:
a. Make mass data changes on items like hospital number, data case report received (#2111), date case completed (#2090), or, in theory, any data item in a received file. We receive files without facility codes and we need to add them.
b. Edit any patient or tumor record to make corrections or additions prior to loading into the database.
b) Need a tool to separate out rapids or a definitive from a transmission prior to loading. By New Hampshire law, we receive two kinds of reports from reports, a 45-day rapid report and a 180 definitive report. We need to separate those out before loading into a database.
c) We will need a tool that will let us take non-standard reports from clinics, path labs, smaller
hospitals and make an XML file to load into a registry database.
As I have written before, many smaller registries rely on SAS to do the above.