Document Type

Research Project

Publication Date



The American Recover and Reinvestment Act directives supply the healthcare community with the improvement of technology across the nation through the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passed in 2009 by promoting healthcare technology. In order to reach the goal of an interoperability that supports reliable communication systems, certain individual technological objectives need to be addressed in particular, Meaningful Use (MU). Meaningful Use objectives contribute to interoperability, with potential outcomes that may increase accuracy and reduce time for reporting. This study will describe how cancer data reporting methods impacts data accuracy and turnaround time evolving around transitions supported by Meaningful Use . Data for this study will be collected and analyzed from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Central Cancer Registry (SCCCR) 2013 reporting year for conventional methods (fax, mail, facility visits, facility's VPN access, and data imported to SCCCR server), electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) 2013 cases, and cases from March 2015 – October 2016 period via automatic electronic reporting method . The outcome of this research will display the differences and similarities of SCCCR cancer data reporting.