New CAP eCC Release – June 15

Hey everyone - we just received this from College of American Pathologists (CAP) today in their CAP PS mailing list. There was a lot about the new release of the electronic cancer checklists. Here's a brief summary of the background and changes expected in those checklists. Some of this was posted earlier on CAP's website, but there's some newer and more detailed information below. Be sure to join the CAP PS mailing list to stay informed about all these changes, and if you have any questions contact us at mTuitive.

New CAP eCC Release Available June 15th

A new release of the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC) will be available for download by current licensees on June 15, 2012. This eCC release contains all 81 cancer checklists, and incorporates user feedback from the previous releases.


The CAP eCC files are computer-friendly renditions of the Word and PDF versions of the CAP Cancer Protocols. The files are produced in XML format to facilitate integration into information systems and to foster interoperability. Reference implementations are provided, incorporating common Web technologies such as HTML forms and JavaScript. Extensive documentation is provided to aid implementation into computer systems.

Changes Included in This Release

  • The June 2012 release includes approximately 58 checklists with changes to the pathology content.
  • The release will also include 60 checklists updated to indicate items that may be omitted from reports when certain answers are selected. These items are marked with the “?” symbol, and are called “Conditionally Reported” (CR) items.
  • The asterisk symbol “*” that was used to denote non-required items has been changed to the plus “+” symbol in all CCPs and eCCs. This should help to eliminate some confusion for new users, since the “*” since generally denotes required items in web-based forms.
  • Thousands of additional improvements are included, covering more than 90 independent issues raised by pathologists, cancer registrars and the CAP eCC Team. These improvements were vetted by the CAP Pathology Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee and the CAP Cancer Committee (CCC).
  • This eCC release is also synchronized with content changes in the CAP Cancer Protocols (CCPs). 47 updated CCPs, 37 of which have been updated for clinical content, will be available on the CCP web site in coordination with this release.

SNOMED CT, ICD-O3, and Short Names Maps

  • Updated maps for SNOMED CT, ICD-O3 and Short Names will be released approximately 6 weeks after the main eCC release.

CAP eCC Implementation Help

CAP Professional Services (PS) offers a wide range of consulting services to support optimal implementation, customization and integration of the CAP eCC into your workflow. If you have any questions regarding this or any upcoming releases, please call (847) 832-7700 or email

Of course, mTuitive's xPert for Pathology will be kept up to date with any changes made to any of the eCC or CAP requirements. Be sure to join the CAP PS mailing list to stay informed about all these changes, and if you have any questions contact us at mTuitive.