NORTHFIELD, Ill., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance, will attend this week's National Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University. CAP President Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, FCAP, will discuss the organization's experience and ability to help laboratories report real-time, compliant, and standardized data to government cancer data registries.
The CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC) enable pathologists to send their diagnostic cancer data directly to cancer registries, allowing faster and more robust research to positively impact patient care. Currently, clinicians, and others associated with cancer care can take up to two years to send their cancer data to a registry.
Vice President Joe Biden, who oversees the Moonshot task force, has said that better cancer data sharing will be critical in the group's goal of doubling the rate of progress toward ending cancer as we know it.
"The CAP is synonymous with laboratory quality assurance, which includes cancer diagnosis and reporting, in the United States, and our ability to enable laboratories to send their cancer data directly to cancer registries has already made a difference in cancer care," Dr. Friedberg said. "This summit and this task force represent an urgency in the cancer community, and the CAP is excited to discuss our ability to deliver the work of pathologists directly to the registries and, ultimately, to those in search of a cure."
Hundreds of leaders across the health, academic, private industry, and philanthropic sectors will join together with patients, survivors and advocates for the national summit. This will mark the first time that individuals and organizations spanning the entire cancer community and beyond will all convene since the formation of the task force earlier this year.
"The Moonshot cannot be achieved by one person, one organization, one discipline, or even one collective approach," Vice President Biden said. "Solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and — ultimately — a cure. It's going to require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they're able. That's what the Cancer Moonshot Summit is all about."
The CAP eCC allows pathologists to use the CAP Cancer Protocols, first introduced in 1986, for diagnostic surgical cancer case reporting directly within their laboratory information system to ensure each report is complete and fully compliant with varied accreditation requirements. Eliminating the need for manual processing speeds the transmission of information, eliminates the possibility of missing data, and increases accuracy. The eCC helps cancer research and treatment through complete reporting and standardized formats.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with 18,000 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. The CAP's Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently has customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.
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