Patient-Centered Innovations, Education and Technology for Cancer Care, Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Research
JMIR Cancer (JC) is a new peer-reviewed journal with a focus on education, innovation and technology in cancer care, cancer survivorship and cancer research, as well as in participatory and patient-centred approaches. A sister journal of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), a leading eHealth journal (Impact Factor 2015: 4.532), the scope of JC is broader and includes non-Internet approaches to improve cancer care and cancer research.
We invite submission of original research, viewpoints, reviews, tutorials, case studies, and non-conventional articles (e.g. open patient education material and software resources that are not yet evaluated but free for others to use/implement).
In our "Patients' Corner", we invite patients and survivors to submit short essays and viewpoints on all aspects of cancer, but in particular suggestions on how to improve the health care system, and suggestions for new technologies, applications and approaches (no article processing fees).
JC is open access and all articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution license. JC has been accepted for indexing in PubMed Central and Pubmed.
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Toward Timely Data for Cancer Research: Assessment and Re-engineering of Cancer Reporting Process.
Date Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Feb 16, 2017 - Apr 13, 2017
Background: Cancer registries systematically collect cancer-related data to support cancer surveillance activities. However, cancer data is often unavailable for months to years after diagnosis, limit...
Background: Cancer registries systematically collect cancer-related data to support cancer surveillance activities. However, cancer data is often unavailable for months to years after diagnosis, limiting its utility. Objective: The goal of this study is to identify the barriers to rapid cancer reporting and identify ways to shorten the turnaround time. Methods: Certified cancer registrars reporting to the Indiana state cancer registry participated in a semi-structured interview. Registrars were asked to describe the reporting process, estimate the duration of each step, and identify any barriers that may impact the reporting speed. Qualitative data analysis was performed with the intent of generating recommendations for workflow redesign. The existing and redesigned workflow were simulated for comparison. Results: Barriers to rapid reporting included access to medical records from multiple facilities and the waiting period from diagnosis to treatment. The redesigned workflow focused on facilitating data sharing between registrars and applying a more efficient queuing technique while registrars await the delivery of treatment. The simulation results demonstrated that our recommendations to reduce the waiting period and share information could potentially improve the average reporting speed by 87 days. Conclusions: Knowing the time elapsing at each step within the reporting process helps in prioritizing the needs and estimating the impact of future interventions. Where some previous studies focused on automating some of the cancer reporting activities, we anticipate much shorter reporting by leveraging health information technologies to target this waiting period.