First Phase of ASCO’s Data-Sharing Standards Completed, Connecting Oncologists during Patient Care

September 2013, Vol 4, No 7 - Value Propositions

The completion of the Breast Cancer Treatment Plan and Summary Standard and Implementation Guide, the first phase in a set of interoperability standards, was announced at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The new ASCO electronic data-sharing standards are aimed at facilitating information sharing among oncologists, patients, and researchers to enhance patient care. “This data standard will allow oncologists to share data during care, but also provide a summary for primary care physicians and patients after treatment ends,” said ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP. ASCO press release; June 1, 2013