New Open-Source Application to Collect Common Oncology Data Announced

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Compass is a tool that extracts that minimal common oncology data elements to deliver reports to doctors, patients and researchers

American not-for-profit organization MITRE announced Compass, a new open-source application to collect minimal common oncology data elements, or mCODE, from electronic health records (EHR), at the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition on Monday.

mCODE is a new data standard under development that holds promise to greatly increase high-quality data for all cancer types.

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“Whereas mCODE is a standardized set of cancer data points within health records, Compass is a tool that extracts that data, organizes, and informs doctors, patients, and researchers,” said Dr. Brian Anderson, chief clinical lead at MITRE.

Compass is a SMART (substitutable medical applications and reusable technologies) on FHIR (fast healthcare interoperability resources) application that extracts mCODE data elements from electronic health records to deliver reports to providers and patients – empowering better diagnosis, improved care planning, and shared decision making at the point of care, the organisation explained in a press release.

Early version of mCODE near ready for publication

Development of the mCODE data standard is led by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), working with MITRE and other stakeholders, to improve data and records interoperability in oncology care and research. An early version of mCODE core elements, reflecting initial use cases, is open for comment and near ready for publication.

MITRE provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government in the United States.

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