• Lifespan Corporation
  • Providence , RI
  • Healthcare - Physician
  • Full-Time
  • 25 Broadway


Reports to the Oncology Data Management Manager and under general direction abstracts information from medical records of patients with positive or possible cancer diagnoses. The information is entered into a computerized database (IMPAC) system to establish a Cancer Registry data bank from which to draw information for annual reports site specific studies data requests and to assist physicians with short and long-term cancer patient care evaluations etc.


Operates computers and peripheral equipment and is skilled in the use of various software applications necessary to develop prepare and maintain computerized records and develop reports. Responds to user questions regarding system functionality capabilities usage limitations and the like. Assists in resolving complex issues related to review analysis and abstraction of medical record information pertinent to documenting information on cancer patients.

Utilizes specialized software for cancer registry database management to establish import and export links to other software packages and to download and upload data for review and

reporting. Develops and prepares various reports derived from electronic database utilizing a variety of software packages such as word processing spreadsheets graphics Microsoft query applications and the like.

Regularly exports new cancer care data to the Rhode Island State Department of Health utilizing communications software.

Retrieves Patient Disease Index and reviews against the active and suspense database contained in the Registry to ascertain if a patient is a case for follow-up newly diagnosed and requires accessioning into the database or has developed a subsequent new primary site requires a staging form to be appended to the medical record and/or completed/signed by the attending physician etc.

Reviews the entire medical record to ascertain patient identification data history of admissions method of diagnosis history and types of treatments and intent of treatment (cure or palliation) against the criteria for cancer case selection set forth by the American College of Surgeons (AcoS) the Rhode Island Department of Health Rhode Island Hospital?s Cancer Committee and other regulatory agencies.

Abstracts cases thoroughly and concisely substantiating codes histology and staging. Contacts outside institutions for additional treatment information if necessary. Adds follow-up to all cases. Interprets data and uses the ACoS Guidelines Collaborative Staging Manual and Multiple Primary and Histology Manual for recording extent of primary tumor and absence or presence of distant metastases ICD-O (International Classification of Disease for Oncology) for tumor nomenclature and coding FORDS Manual for coding and the Rhode Island Census Tract Coding Guide for assignment of Census Tract Codes.

Familiarity with CoC Cancer Program Standards and participates in continuous review of the status of compliance with Standards.

Accesses the health database on the World Wide Web to review cases lost to follow-up against various national death indexes. Notes date of death cause of death and presence of cancer at death in the electronic record.

Receives pathology reports and reviews both clinical history and microscopic diagnosis to identify new potential and established patients requiring follow-up and updates information in appropriate electronic database.

Receives changes from other source lists from the Hospital Association of Rhode Island which are reviewed against the electronic databases for completeness and accuracy of the data. Discrepancies are investigated before any changes are made to the electronic record and death information is entered into the appropriate databases. Monitors and records lifetime follow-up

on each patient listed in the registry via phone contacts letters to physicians patients and other agencies as appropriate.

Compares daily obituaries in the newspaper and on the Internet against master files or registered and suspected cases. Notes date of death in appropriate electronic records.

Ensures staging form is in the record if appropriate and if not refers to appropriate source to obtain the form.

Participates in the evaluation of current and potential system capabilities against current and future needs.

Ensures proper operating condition of computer equipment making minor adjustments as appropriate and contacting others for more extensive maintenance. Resolves hardware and software problems. Ensures new hardware and/or software is functional and meets data requirements. Prepares and maintains related system procedural/operating manuals.

Occasional travel to local regional or nationally approved continuing education programs is required.

Other information:


College-level knowledge of computer operations and software applications. Anatomy and Physiology Medical Terminology.

Demonstrates solid knowledge of Cancer Registry data collection requirements of the American College of Surgeons automated information and data management systems including hardware and software interfaces expertise in internet research.

Requires analytical communication organizational and time-management skills to assess information needs perform quality assurance and reporting.

Requires interpersonal skills to effectively interact with various cancer registry data users within and outside the Hospital regarding cancer registry data.

Thorough knowledge of medical terminology anatomy and physiology disease processes current governmental/regulatory requirements.


A minimum three years progressively more responsible related experience in performing full range of duties of cancer registry including familiarity with data base development and maintenance.

Experience should demonstrate ability to interpret more complex medical records extent of disease and absence/presence of distant metastasis and to prepare a variety of records using computerized registry data.

CTR required.


Works in normal office environment with generally good working conditions.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence

Work Type: Full Time

Shift: Shift 1

Union: UNAP

Associated topics: ancmg, aoa, breast, cancer, hem onc, hematology, oncology, physician md do, radiation, thedacare

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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