Implement Cancer Registry Informatics In National Cancer Control Programme To Enhance Cancer Registry Data Accuracy, Completeness, And Timeliness As A Part Of Cancer Surveillance Informatics

Kamal SENEVIRATNE, National Cancer Control Programme, Sri Lanka

1 National Cancer Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose
Sri Lanka Cancer Registry (SLCR) plays a pivotal role in cancer control. Statistics show that cancer prevalence in Sri Lanka is on the rise. Since a considerable number of private health care institutions and government cancer treatment centres have started treatment of cancer patients, an efficient system for collecting, storing, processing, consistency checking for duplicate records and impossible or rare cases has become a necessity.
 
Method
The general objective of the project is to develop and implement a web-based application which supports capturing of cancer registry data. It will replace the current paper-based method. The basic software infrastructure is based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) like PHP, MySQL and Linux-based server. CanReg5 software will be integrated as a module for quality control, and consistency checks of the data.
 
Results
There are about 09 cancer treatment units, 09 Oncological surgery units, 67 Pathology laboratories and 25 Oral and maxillofacial units which are functioning under the Ministry of Health. Altogether there exist 110 units. They are all end users. Each end user is able to enter, edit or delete their records. Entered data will automatically be transferred to CanReg software for consistency check, eliminate duplicate records and impossible rare cases. Each unit also can analyze their own data only after data have been checked by CanReg5 software. Then refined data is sent back to the main table so that the end users are able to access quality data. The end users are then able to analyze their data, create pivot tables, charts, reports and are enable to export data in different formats.
 
Conclusion
The proposed system will ensure timely availability of information that is needed for better improvement in cancer surveillance. Integration of CanReg5 software will yield quality cancer registry data.
 
Funding Source: Government of Sri Lanka