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ECN is set to host its latest webinar on cancer biomarkers

The E-Path Community Network (ECN) is happy to announce its next quarterly meeting webinar is scheduled for April 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST. This special webinar will focus on cancer biomarkers and their importance, and will include a keynote address by Dr. Ann Griffin, cancer registry manager at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, followed by an informative talk by Jack Golabek, vice-president of engineering at Artificial Intelligence In Medicine (AIM).


Meet the speakers

Dr. Griffin earned her PhD in Medical Microbiology & Immunology from Ohio State University. After moving to California in the fall of 1996, she worked as a data collection/quality control specialist at the regional registry, earning her CTR designation along the way. In 2001, Dr. Griffin left the regional registry to manage the hospital registry and clinical trials research staff at Community Medical Centers, a local multi-hospital system in Fresno, CA. In 2003, she became the registry manager at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) — a NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center registry, and the largest registry in the UC system. In 2006, Dr. Griffin was awarded the California Cancer Registrars Association (CCRA) Distinguished Service Award, and she remains actively involved with the CCRA, NCRA and NAACCR. Throughout her career, Dr. Griffin has acquired a broad knowledge of both regional hospital programs and Commission on Cancer (CoC) approved hospital programs.









Jack has over 25 years of experience in engineering and the computer sciences. He is responsible for the conceptualization, design and development of many of AIM’s software products, including biorepository systems and systems for population-based disease surveillance.


To learn more about ECN, become a member or register for all upcoming quarterly meetings, please visit For additional information, please contact Gayle Clutter at


“Cancer Registrars Unite to Network and Share Information”


is the title of an interesting story recently published in Advance for Health Information Professionals.  This article discusses the need for efficient collection, interpretation, protection, and reporting of cancer surveillance data, as well as, the need for cancer registries to work efficiently and take advantage of electronic applications and interfaces. It describes the role that the E-Path Community Network (ECN) plays in these goals describing the ECN purpose, membership, and meetings. 

This article can be found at on the ECN Website “Libraries/Articles of Interest.” Don’t forget to login first. Or,

E-Path Goes “Down Under”

For those of you that do not already know, Artificial Intelligence In Medicine (AIM) has a newsletter. The latest edition features the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR) in Australia. AIM and VCR recently completed a very successful two year pilot project to assess AIM’s E-Path Reporter, Pathology Edition, and are now looking forward to expanding their coverage to receive over 95% of the 66,000 plus pathology reports for cancer that the VCR receives annually from E-Path Reporter. To view or download a copy of this newsletter go to

AIM News is published six times each year and features informative and interesting stories of successful client implementations. Anyone can subscribe to the electronic mailing by visiting the AIM website. A complete archive of past editions can be found at

ECN Website Library… Rich with Quality and More!


ECN recently added four great articles to the ECN website library that are must-reads if you are interested in learning more about registry Quality Control (QC). Two articles come from Advance Magazine: one entitled “Creating a Quality Control Plan for Your Cancer Registry,” and the other, “The Nuts and Bolts of Quality Control in the Cancer Registry.” The third is from CDC’s National Program for Cancer Registries (NPCR)’s Education and Training Series or NETS – “Module 3 on Quality Control for Central Registries.” This document is very useful as it also contains several QC exercises you may wish to consider implementing.  The last document is from the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) website on Quality Improvement. It discusses “SEER’s Quality Control Activities.”  To read / download copies of these articles simply go to of Interest & Educational Materials (remember you need to log-in with your user name and password to access these documents).


Additional QC resource documents may also be found on AIM’s website by following the below links:
“Louisiana Tumor Registry E-Path QC Study Yields Exceptional Results” – study to determine the effectiveness of identifying CIN III cases and;
“E-Path Reporter Quality Control Study Protocols” – description of the protocol AIM uses in assessing the accuracy of E-Path case selection when performing QC studies with registries, hospitals and laboratories.

E-Path QC Studies… improving your registry performance” Webinar Coming up!

April Fritz

The ECN is very happy to announce the next webinar, “E-Path QC Studies… improving your registry performance” on November 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM, ET. The format will be the same as for the last webinar with an introduction to the importance of quality control studies by April Fritz, RHIA; CTR followed by interviews with AIM’s QC coordinator, a hospital cancer registrar and a central cancer registry representation that have previously participated in AIM QC studies.

April Fritz has more than 30 years of experience in cancer registration and has been on the leading edge of registry technologies, helping to develop ICD-O-3 and Collaborative Staging. Before starting her own cancer registrar training company in 2006, she was the Manager of Data Quality for the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.  Other experience includes several hospitals and a cancer registry software vendor. Learn more about April at

April also developed the Principles of Oncology for Cancer Registry Professionals training program in 1992. She has made presentations to dozens of cancer registry organizations and has been a consultant to many cancer organizations, including the Commission on Cancer, the American Joint Committee on Cancer, SNOMED International, International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Most recently, April has completed “The Cancer Registry CASEbook: Coding, Abstracting, Staging and Exercises”. This book provides comprehensive, illustrated, site-specific information and practica for beginner and intermediate level cancer registrars.

To register for the upcoming quarterly meeting go to

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