STI Healthcare, Inc. Implements Automated Data Abstraction Service at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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STI Healthcare, Inc (STI) implements automated abstraction process for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The process provides selected patient pathology data from transcribed Pathology Reports to improve access to research data.

STI Healthcare, Inc (STI) implements automated abstraction process for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The process provides selected patient pathology data from transcribed Pathology Reports to improve access to research data.

Manually populating a Solid Tumor Clinical Research Database is labor intensive and costly. At Hutchinson Cancer, STI’s automated process abstracts information contained in breast and prostate pathology reports to allow for all relevant patient data to be included in the research database, rather than a small sub-set of data. Providing access to larger amounts of tumor-specific data can lead to improved opportunities for cancer research studies.

“The ability to efficiently and reliably abstract data from pathology reports, which are challenging in the diversity of their wording and summarization of findings, will be a boon to translational research” said Larry True, MD, the pathologist who oversees prostate tissue collection and characterization in the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center prostate cancer program.

“That this project would generate more research is one of its greatest benefits” said Ric Johnston, database manager at the Hutchinson Cancer.

Jamie Lagarde, COO of STI Healthcare, Inc. said, “We are very pleased to be supporting these important research efforts at the Hutchinson Center.”

About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Hutchinson Center’s interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Its researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information, please visit http://www.fhcrc.org.

About STI Healthcare, Inc.

STI Healthcare provides tailored solutions to complex document abstraction problems for the healthcare industry. STI's technology automates the task of abstracting information contained in narrative documents and reports. That capability is leveraged to create Web-based applications for Infectious Disease Surveillance, populating Cancer Repositories, and others requiring the abstraction of and consolidation of patient and treatment information. These applications utilize a unique combination of linguists with specific training in medical informatics and an innovative domain-specific, rules-based text processing engine. Based in Austin, Texas, STI Healthcare has over a decade of success in delivering value to healthcare organizations. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.stihealthcare.com.

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Norm Buckler

512-637-3512

maycotte@stihealthcare.com

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