Charles RousselCharles RousselThe College of American Pathologists (CAP), Northfield, Ill, and mTuitive Inc, Centerville, Mass, are joining forces to more effectively capture and report cancer pathology findings.

The fruits of this collaboration will be 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.

“We designed eFRM to help pathologists and laboratories make more effective use of data electronically as they care for patients,” says Charles Roussel, CEO, the CAP. “This application eases eCC implementation for healthcare and laboratory system vendors, ultimately benefiting pathologists, laboratory professionals, clinicians, and patients.”

The CAP and mTuitive have jointly developed the CAP electronic Forms and Reporting Module (CAP eFRM™), an application incorporating the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC). eFRM will be introduced at the CAP’s annual meeting, CAP ’13 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting, to be held from October 13 to 16, 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.

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.

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, e-mail [email protected].

[Source: CAP]