Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutchs pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nations first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Womens Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.
The Cancer Surveillance System (CSS) is an integral part of the Division of Public Health Sciences Epidemiology Department of Fred Hutch. CSS was established in 1974 under contract with the U.S. National CancerInstitutes's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results ( SEER ) program. Its mission is to provide high quality data on all newly-diagnosed cancers (except non-melanoma skin cancers) occurring in residents of 13 counties in northwest Washington State. This department is responsible for the initial identification of 35,000 potential incident cases annually. CSS staff members perform all necessary activities to synthesize information from multiple sources and to adjudicate and validate 350 data items per case from traditional and non-traditional data sources.
Data Coordinators are responsible for reviewing all forms of HIPAA medical documentation for state mandated cancer registration and code over 350 data items for each new cancer diagnosis. In this position, one will be expected to consistently document and classify demographic, incidence, molecular, histologic, treatment and survival information following complex guidelines promulgated and annually updated by the national standard setters. Because this data is used to address clinical, epidemiologic and public health questions at both the local and national level, all staff members are required to participate in ongoing daily training to maintain a high level of technical accuracy demanded of this data. Nearly all aspects of this position are performed on a computer and from reading online source material. This is a reading-intensive position and requires someone who is capable of working independently.
Monitor existing source record volumes, timeliness, and format and work with data providers regarding issues through resolution
Precisely apply the closely related but distinct lexicons for determining disease reportability, number of primaries, primary site and histology and for assigning various stage at diagnosis classifications
Synthesize patient's medical experience from diagnosis through first course of treatment following documentation protocols for various data source types
Document and classify data from traditional HIPAA medical documentation sources (EMR, NA, PR, HL7, and DI) and emerging new sources (MU CDA, ANSI-837, RIS, CHARS, and APCD) according to specific guidelines
Interpret, classify, and report on experimental, molecular, and pathologic test results from patient transcripts
Adjudicate discrepancies in data provided by various data sources
Perform targeted audits on outlier cohorts
Prepare written reports on data results as part of ongoing quality assurance protocols
Write newsletter articles as assigned or voluntarily submit articles geared toward improving the skills of our data providers
Follow established protocols and provide recommendations for process improvements
Update existing procedural documentation and draft new procedures
Validate training exercises and provide narrative feedback on issues using prescribed format
Meet the minimum of 98% accuracy in incident reporting and progress to 99.5% accuracy
Meet the minimum productivity standards for the various workflows
Report on performance daily
BA/BS in a scientific field that includes college level anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, and the ability to apply the scientific knowledge within this specific area of study
Ability to work full days at a computer workstation as all aspects of this position are performed on a computer on-siteat the Hutch. This is a reading-intensive position using two or three monitors concurrently displaying scientific and medical technical documentation.
High attention to detail
Clear and concise writing skills
Demonstrated experience with procedure or technical writing (provide samples)
Prior experience working in a data-driven environment
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.