publication date: Sep. 15, 2017

Conversation with The Cancer Letter Ashworth’s challenge: Build one very big data sharing system across the University of California cancer centers

Alan Ashworth

Inaugural chair of the UC Cancer Consortium, Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

As the inaugural chair of the University of California Cancer Consortium, Alan Ashworth has to do a little cheerleading and a lot of pushing for integration of the electronic health records across the UC cancer centers.

All five cancer centers use Epic, but that doesn’t mean much. “We’re all on Epic—but they’re all different instances,” Ashworth said to The Cancer Letter. “So, we need another solution to put all these things together.

“It’s not practical to think that we can all move on to exactly the same instance of Epic. The cost and logistics would be enormous. What we will be able to do is to take snapshots of the data and then convert it into a form where it could be aggregated.”

With an interoperable system across the UC centers, researchers would be able to discern patient characteristics, patterns of care and the cost of treatment.

“For example, questions we can ask are: what is the differential … Continue reading Ashworth’s challenge: Build one very big data sharing system across the University of California cancer centers

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