Advancing E-cancer Reporting and Registry Operations (AERRO)
The National Program of Cancer Registries-Advancing E-cancer Reporting and Registry Operations (NPCR-AERRO) is a collaborative effort to advance automation of cancer registration by developing a set of cancer surveillance models, requirements, and products that—
- Identify and describe consistent processes and data reporting standards.
- Can be used by multiple data sources for reporting to hospital and state cancer registries.
- Include products, infrastructure, and implementation guidelines supporting electronic reporting from data sources to registries and from registries to the national programs and organizations, including the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, NPCR, the Commission on Cancer (CoC), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR).
This project implements electronic reporting of anatomic pathology reports from national and regional laboratories to state cancer registries.
The unstructured narrative text in pathology, post-market, biomarker, and electronic health record reports contain data researchers need to study overall population health and quality of patient care. The use of natural language processing will increase the completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of data while reducing the level of human intervention needed to identify critical data in narrative text.