Northfield, IL – The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and mTuitive, Inc. have forged a collaboration to more effectively capture and report cancer pathology findings. This partnership will provide a product and service that will facilitate production and use of standardized, encoded, and interoperable data sets for use in patient care, registries, research, and biorepositories.
Together, the CAP and mTuitive have developed the CAP electronic Forms and Reporting Module (CAP eFRM™), an application incorporating the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC). eFRM makes its debut at the CAP’s annual meeting, CAP ’13 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™, October 13-16, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.
The CAP produces cancer protocols as a resource for pathologists to aid in effectively reporting surgical pathology findings necessary to provide quality patient care. The 81 cancer case summaries within the 65 cancer protocols are electronically represented within the eCC in addition to two new tumor biomarker reporting templates for colon and lung cancer.
“We designed eFRM to help pathologists and laboratories make more effective use of data electronically as they care for patients,” said Charles Roussel, CAP CEO. “This application eases eCC implementation for health care and laboratory system vendors, ultimately benefiting pathologists, laboratory professionals, clinicians, and patients.”
The American College of Surgeons - Commission on Cancer (CoC) has recognized the value of the CAP cancer protocols in caring for cancer patients. In 2004, the CoC mandated that pathologists at CoC-approved cancer programs include the required data elements of the cancer protocols in their surgical pathology reports on cancer specimens.
“We believe in and are committed to what the CAP is doing in cancer care and, through our collaboration, eFRM furthers how information technology can improve care for cancer patients,” said John Murphy, CEO, mTuitive.
The CAP and mTuitive will offer two versions of eFRM. The first is a basic, standalone version; the second includes a wider range of functionality and was designed to be integrated within a laboratory information system. Both versions will facilitate broader adoption among pathologists and help simplify the management of content changes to the cancer protocols. For more information about eFRM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years with more than 7,500 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.
mTuitive, Inc. develops data capture and synoptic reporting software to assist health care professionals in recording clinical findings and maintaining compliance with established protocols and guidelines. mTuitive's unique method of capturing structured information provides valuable data for pathology, surgery, oncology, and cancer staging applications. These products allow the clinical decision maker to conveniently receive alerts and reference materials directly at the point of care. mTuitive solutions improve care to the patient through quality assurance and error reduction while standardizing and automating manual reporting processes, reducing both time and labor costs.