The New Zealand Cancer Registry has been redeveloped by the Ministry of Health and Solnet Solutions.
A key requirement for the redevelopment project was to support improved quality of information used for research and planning related to cancer control.
A new user interface allows the cancer registry team at the ministry to quickly and more accurately align information from lab reports with existing records and other national collections, such as the National Health Index.
“The new system has streamlined the collection and coding of cancer information,” says Susan Hanna, cancer registry team leader, “It dramatically reduces the manual handling of data and allows electronic storage and retrieval of pathology reports, and more efficient quality assurance processes”.
Technically, the redeveloped registry had to fit the ministry’s existing IBM environment and integrate with several associated systems. The component and service-oriented architecture, which includes a rules engine for management of the cancer codes and validation rules, provides for future extensions and re-purposing for similar health data collections for the Ministry.
The registry is a national data collection recording all cancer events since 1948. It is the second- oldest population-based cancer registry in the world. The Cancer Registry Act 1993 requires pathology labs to report all newly diagnosed cancers to the Ministry of Health.