Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States.
Cancer registries throughout the United States are required to collect complete and timely cancer diagnostic, treatment, and outcome data. This data comes from healthcare providers including hospitals, physician offices, treatment centers, clinics, laboratories, and other facilities.
Sending cancer notifications to a central statewide registry allows initial evaluation of cancer incidence within various regions, and provides a source to baseline incidence data. The registry enables evaluation of cancer frequency by demographic characteristics such as age, race, and sex, and generates significant value for researchers in epidemiological case control studies. Cancer notifications are also helpful in planning health education and addressing public health concerns within regions of interest.
The Cancer Notifications use case scenario allows hospitals, clinical laboratories, physician offices, dentists, and other healthcare providers to electronically send cancer data to the cancer registry without interrupting normal workflow.
Documents available for this use case:
 “Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Accessed on April 21, 2016, http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/meaningful_use.htm (As of April 2018, Meaningful Use is now called Promoting Interoperability.)