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Synoptic Reporting (surgery)

Synoptic Reporting (surgery)

The Partnership’s second five-year mandate and the next phase of implementing Canada’s national cancer strategy began in April 2012. The priorities and initiatives for 2012-2017 are outlined in our strategic plan, Sustaining Action Toward a Shared Vision and in the Priorities section of our website. The information below reflects work to the end of March 2012.  

Standardizing information to support quality surgical care and more effective treatment

Electronic synoptic reporting captures standardized information about surgery at the point of care and transmits the surgical report to other health-care personnel — for example, to medical and radiation oncologists and family physicians — within minutes. Surgeons can use the captured information, which includes the ability to assess adherence to the clinical evidence and safety procedures embedded in the reporting templates, to track their own practices and those of their community. In turn, this information can benefit patients through safer surgical care and more effective treatment.

Canada is a leader in implementing synoptic reporting in cancer surgery. Building on work that began in Alberta with funding from Canada Health Infoway, the Partnership is actively collaborating with clinicians in five jurisdictions across the country to develop and implement content and informatics standards for specific types of cancer surgery.

Results for 2011/12:

  • A proposal to expand implementation of synoptic surgical reporting templates in jurisdictions currently participating in the synoptic surgical reporting initiative (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia) was successfully funded through Canada Health Infoway’s Innovation and Adoption program. This new initiative is now a joint collaboration between the jurisdictions (which contribute 25 per cent of the funds required), Canada Health Infoway and the Partnership.
  • The focus for 2011/12 has been on broadening engagement of cancer surgeons involved in the Partnership’s pilot implementation project. Three disease-site meetings have been held this year to gather pan-Canadian input on disease-site templates with the goal of developing national standards in these areas. Participants at these meetings also outlined the structure and processes necessary to sustain and maintain standards development in cancer surgery.
  • The Partnership is exploring partnerships for the development of a national database for cancer surgery data captured through electronic synoptic templates. The database will facilitate the sharing of best practices among provinces and provide greater opportunities for pan-Canadian review and analysis.

For more information on this initiative’s results leading up to 2012 and how the work supports the overall cancer control strategy, please read Key Achievements 2007-2012 and see our annual reports and progress reports