American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

A Better Way to Follow: Collaboration Between Hospitals and State Registries

September 30, 2020 12:00 PM CDT

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Current practices expect each hospital to obtain follow up information for patients with cancer on their own. This individualized process increases the workload for physicians, registries in tertiary hospitals, and patients who may receive multiple requests for information and overlooks the role of the state or central registries in cancer surveillance. The collaborative effort to obtain follow up information brings additional power to the work of both hospitals and state registries and makes follow up work more efficient and effective.


Moderator: Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH

Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPHDr. Nogueira is the Senior Principal Scientist at the Surveillance and Health Services Research Department at the American Cancer Society. She previously served as the Director of the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit (EIET), and the Epidemiology Manager at the Texas Cancer Registry, both at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). At EIET, Dr. Nogueira directed five distinct state programs, including the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the Injury Program, the Health Assessment Program, the Occupational Health Program, and the Fluoridation Program.

Dr. Nogueira holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received the Woman in Cancer Research Award in 2013, and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award in 2010, both from the American Association for Cancer Research. She also received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health in 2014, and in 2018, Dr. Nogueira was inducted into the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honors.

Panelists: Paige Miller-Gianturco, PhD, MPH

Paige Miller-Gianturco, PhD, MPHDr. Miller-Gianturco is the Senior Research Specialist for the Texas Cancer Registry (TCR). Before this role, she served as the Epidemiology Manager for the TCR. Dr. Miller-Gianturco earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral training in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Miller-Gianturco has worked at the TCR for nearly 4 years. She leads and conducts many of the data linkages with sources of follow-up information for the TCR and helped improve and streamline TCR’s process for sharing follow-up information with health care facilities.

Giordana de las Pozas, MD, CTR

Giordana de las Pozas, MD, CTRDr. De Las Pozas graduated from the University of Medical Science in Havana, Cuba. She came to United States in 2009, after years of practicing medicine in her home country doing mostly primary care and epidemiology in a rural community. Dr. De Las Pozas obtained the CTR in 2016, as well as a Public Health Certificate at the University of Texas. She is currently working as an informatics manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center and finishing her master’s in biomedical informatics at George Washington University. Dr. De Las Pozas’ work is primarily focused on managing the follow-up operations at the Tumor Registry Department and maintaining the Institutional vital status surveillance system. They also integrate the vital status data with institutional information systems for collection, storage and analysis so the data is accessible to our research for survival studies.

Learning Objectives

  • How collaboration between hospitals and state registries can decrease the burden of collecting follow-up data
  • The different methods Texas Cancer Registry uses to collect and share follow-up information with CoC facilities
  • Impact of collaborating with state registries on hospitals' CTR activities 

Target Audience

The Better Data; Better Quality; Better Outcomes webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians (Cancer Liaison Physicians)
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 

.75 continuing education credit for #2020-112 will be provided from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). 

ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour. 

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