Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System

MCSS News and Views


Welcome to the MCSS News and Views, a quarterly newsletter with information from MCSS regarding ongoing projects at MCSS, news, updates and reminders for registrars, and employee updates.

First off, we would like to thank all the hospital registrars and pathology laboratory staff for their efforts in getting their cancer information into MCSS in a timely fashion.


Electronic Reporting of Pathology Reports

August 2013

MCSS will be hiring a person to work solely with pathology laboratories that are interested in reporting pathology reports to MCSS electronically. The file should ideally be in HL7 format and submissions can be “dumped” into the MCSS “bucket” daily, weekly, or monthly.

Benefits of electronic reporting for the facility are: the MCSS Field Service Representative will not be calling or emailing asking if a desk/computer is open in the pathology laboratory or where ever we perform the pathology report review thus we will not be making as many visits to the facility. This will save staff time in finding a location for us to sit, then another place to put us when we get “kicked out” of the first location, thus increasing staff productivity by not having us there.

Benefits from MCSS’ standpoint are: we will not be calling or emailing asking if a desk/computer is open in the pathology laboratory or where ever we perform the pathology report review thus we will not be making as many visits to the facility. This will save time and money on our end and allow us more time to work on completeness of reporting and hopefully more quality issues.

If your facility is interested in electronically reporting its’ pathology reports, please contact your Field Service Representative.


Clinically Diagnosed Cancers

August 2013

MCSS began accepting clinically diagnosed cancers from hospital registries starting with diagnosis date of 1/1/2012. If your case selection for submitting to MCSS has not been revised to include clinical cases diagnosed 1/1/2012 or after, please revise your query now.

Updated Wednesday, 28-Aug-2013 09:50:43 CDT