Benefits Evaluation of Synoptic Surgery Reporting Initiative
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada Health Infoway, four provinces and clinical leaders collaborated to develop pan-Canadian data collection tools and clinical indicators for breast, colorectal, thyroid, lung, ovarian, endometrial, and prostate cancers. Standardized electronic reporting and clinical indicators are helpful to assess and improve quality of surgical care and outcomes. The initiative also showed the potential for gaining efficiencies.
Ten per cent of the sites that perform surgery in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia implemented data collection tools at the point of care. Electronically, 2,941 synoptic surgical reports and 729 discharge summaries were produced over six months. These provided comprehensive discrete data capture (82% – 100%). Consequently, this improved the availability and use of clinical indicators for:
- Assessing access to, and the quality of, surgical care, and
- Informing quality improvement programs and system level planning.
For patients, it meant safer surgical care and more effective treatment.
The Benefits Evaluation demonstrated the accountability of investments made by partners and highlighted the value of expanding the adoption of synoptic surgical reporting tools.
Next, the Partnership is working with a number of jurisdictions and clinicians to select and measure a priority set of clinical indicators to further demonstrate the value of electronic synoptic surgical reporting.