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American Cancer Society Offers New Toolkit for Promoting Cancer Screening During COVID-19

American Cancer Society logoThe American Cancer Society has created a new resource to guide and assist health care professionals in communicating with the public on cancer screening during COVID-19. Safely Resuming and Promoting Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic includes six guidance documents on how to manage and promote cancer screening, cancer screening messages, and HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose is to provide guidance on how public health agencies, health care providers, and screening advocates across the nation can promote and deliver cancer screening appropriately, safely, and equitably during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit includes universal messages that can be used in response to the past and ongoing disruptions experienced in cancer screening. It also offers strategies and other general considerations for how our nation will be able to get back on track for cancer screening. In addition, it includes one pagers on screening (breast, cervical, colorectal and lung) and HPV vaccination.

We will feature components of this American Cancer Society toolkit in upcoming issues of Cancer Programs News.

Cancer Informatics Journal Club Explores EHRs

The prevalence of burnout among clinicians in cancer care approaches 50 percent. We have recently discussed the link between poor usability of electronic health records (EHRs) and clinician burnout, but underlying, systematic premises of the EHR may contribute to burnout more ominously. For the November 16, 2020 meeting (6:00 pm CST) of the Cancer Informatics Journal Club, American College of Surgeons Executive Director David Hoyt, MD, FACS, will join us as we:

  • Explore the mechanisms by which the EHR has contributed to a growing disconnect between our clinical mission and our daily efforts
  • Evaluate how this discordance might contribute to burnout
  • Discuss strategies for improving clinical communications which might improve both quality of care and physician quality of life

Discussion Paper

Care-Centered Clinical Documentation in the Digital Environment: Solutions to Alleviate Burnout. Alexander K. Ommaya, DSc, MA, Association of American Medical Colleges; Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, American Nurses Association; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, American College of Surgeons; Keith A Horvath, MD, Association of American Medical Colleges; Paul Tang, MD, MS, IBM Watson Health; Harold L. Paz, MD, MS, Aetna; Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Susan T. Hingle, MD, American College of Physicians; Sam Butler, MD, Epic; Christine A. Sinsky, MD, American Medical Association.

Please see the link to the Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC.; January 29, 2018