Cancer Data Summit Report Urges: Don't Wait, Keep Moving

December 3, 2019

“Don’t wait until everything is solved. Encourage organizations to be part of the early real-world testers for mCODE so they can help shape its future.”

That's just one of the recommendations included in The Cancer Data Summit Summary: What We Discovered. The report summarizes the findings of the Cancer Data Summit, hosted by MITRE and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in October in McLean, Va. (HL7, the international health IT standards organization, recapped the event and posted MITRE's report in early December.)

The Summit brought together several different organizations to discuss ways to achieve a common goal: Collect standard, computable oncology data from millions of cancer patients. Then share that data across interoperable systems to make a step-change improvement in cancer research and care.

Focusing on how to accelerate the adoption of the minimal Common Data Oncology Elements (mCODE™) as the data standard and common language for cancer data, representatives from across the community discussed barriers, strategies and solutions. They contributed to a set of recommendations that could be carried out in the next year.

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