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Health technology performance and integration of electronic health record (EHR) systems—the creation of interfaces between EHRs and reference labs performing biomarker testing— have become critical factors in conducting efficient and equitable
biomarker testing at cancer programs nationwide. At ACCC’s 40th Annual National Oncology Conference, an exclusive EHR Working Summit was held to understand barriers to integrating biomarker testing into EHR systems and explore effective
practices/workaround solutions to facilitate timely and comprehensive biomarker testing.
In this episode, CANCER BUZZ speaks with Karen Huelsman, MS, LGC, precision oncology lead and genetic counselor at TriHealth Cancer and Blood Institute,
who also serves on ACCC’s EHR Integration program Advisory Committee, about key takeaways and insights from the Working Summit.
Karen Huelsman, MS, LGCPrecision Oncology Lead, Genetic CounselorTriHealth Cancer and Blood InstituteCincinnati, Ohio
“Some of the key barriers include limited staffing on information systems and technical teams—that’s the number one ingredient—[also] funding is an important element, having enough FTEs [full-time employees] to create a team,
having knowledgeable data engineers and project coordinators…and trying to include some level of clinical input for any new integration implementation team is really important, and those are not always available…” – Karen
Huelsman, MS, LGC
This episode was developed in connection with the ACCC education program EHR Integration: Effective Practices to Facilitate Timely and Comprehensive Biomarker Testing. This educational program is made possible with support by AstraZeneca
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s)/faculty member(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of their employer(s) or the Association of Community Cancer Centers.