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Melanie Shedd

Melanie Shedd

Wife, Mom, Manager, Workaholic, hiker, kickboxer, sleeper, botanist, PowerPath Alum

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CAP Issues Important Notice Regarding its Endometrium eCC Template

On May 17, the CAP Structured Data Team discovered an important error in its template for the Endometrium electronic Cancer Checklist (eCC) released in June 2017 and February 2018. The error involves incorrect text in the reportText attribute for two questions:

  • ?Number of Para-aortic Nodes with isolated Tumor Cells (0.2 mm or less)#
  • ?Laterality of Para-aortic Node(s) with Tumor

The reportText attribute contained the text "Pelvic Nodes" instead of "Para-aortic Nodes."

CAP electronic Cancer Checklist (eCC) Updates Coming to SRE Users

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. On its website, CAP offers resources and links to partners who can help accredited laboratories stay up to date with the latest versions of the checklists

Topics: CAP Cancer Checklists

CAP Announces Changes to Cancer Protocols and Electronic Checklists

The College of American Pathologists' Cancer Protocol Templates are considered the gold standard in cancer reporting. While previously paper based, the electronic cancer checklists (eCC) now allow for standardized, searchable cancer data to be accessed instantly anywhere in the world.

CAP is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. On its website, the CAP offers resources and links to partners who can help accredited laboratories stay up to date with the latest versions of the checklists.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP

With Speech Recognition, Even the Hardware is Customizable

When someone offering a speech recognition tool references hardware, they are referring to the physical tools such as microphones and foot pedals. Several hardware and accessory choices are available when implementing your solution. What some people may not realize is that there are different options to cater to personal preference. With the foot pedal, some users may like to tap the pedal to begin dictating, while others like to hold the pedal down for the duration of their dictation. Like speech recognition software, the foot pedal is customizable. Here are a couple options to consider:

Topics: Tips and Tricks Hardware

Stay up to Date With CAP Cancer Checklists

Whether you're CAP accredited or not, you've probably heard of the cancer checklists following the CAP Cancer Protocol Templates. Even outside the United States, Pathology departments are using these checklists; they are considered the "gold standard" for cancer reporting. While previously paper based, the electronic cancer checklists (eCC) now allow for standardized, searchable cancer data to be accessed instantly anywhere in the world.

CAP is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. That's where we come in. Voicebrook's Structured Results Entry (SRE) module allows Pathologists to use speech recognition to easily and accurately dictate CAP checklists that are 100% CAP compliant. We take care of updates and revisions so you don't have to.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP