An information system for head and neck tumors: Optimal use of abstracting and retrieval resources

James A. Hokanson, Charles Stiernberg, Francis B. Quinn, Melinda McCracken, Paula S. Dugat, Patsy L. Richard, Dave J. Luttman, John J. Costanzi

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This report describes a symbiotic interaction between a hospital tumor registry and the physicians in a medical school department of otolaryngology. The tumor registry is responsible for collecting central registry data, entering both central registry and department-specific data, performing routine data maintenance functions, and tracking the patients over time. The departmental physicians collect site-specific data and, after entry into a computer-based data base management system, can access the information without intermediaries and at their convenience. The result is a comprehensive information resource for head and neck cancer. The development of a medical subspeciality information system, as a satellite to the central registry mechanism, is noteworthy in its low cost, frequent physican use, better patient tracking, improved patient care, and increased clinical relevance of registry activites. A subtle but pervasive benefit is the increased sense of mission experienced by all concerned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-228
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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