A new cancer-specific electronic health record will be offered by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This EHR is designed to capture and exchange data specific to a cancer patient’s office visit, and will provide data on patient demographics, disease and treatment results.
The EHR is based on an early reference implementation of the Patient Outcomes Data Service, an open source “ultra-light record” derived from standards of NCI’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG). NCI is working with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Microsoft to complete this project. The specifications and the software are available now through the NCI site but will be made more accessible to providers and consumers within 60 days.