Sylvester Selected for ASCO Quality Initiative Pilot Project

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned another notch of recognition for its quality initiatives. The cancer center has been selected as one of only 20 beta sites in the nation to participate in a next-generation version of quality data gathering for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

QOPI is a voluntary program developed by ASCO to aid oncology practices and centers in self-assessment. Participating centers receive their own results as well as a comparative assessment based on the results of other practices around the country.

To make the data submission process within QOPI easier and more reliable, ASCO has started to introduce a next-generation, electronic data-submission process called eQOPI that allows direct pull of data from the center or practice. In the past, cancer practitioners had to manually enter data for QOPI; within eQOPI the goal is for data to be pulled electronically after a transition period when the data entry will take place both electronically and manually.

“We’re thrilled that ASCO has selected Sylvester as one of only a few participants in their new eQOPI quality initiative,” said Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chair of the QOPI Steering Group and medical director of Sylvester at Deerfield Beach. “We’ve had QOPI certification for almost five years now and look forward to working with them on streamlining the data gathering and analysis process by transitioning to an electronic system.”

In 2010, Sylvester for the first time received a three-year certification by QOPI for excellence in cancer care, which was later renewed. The QOPI Certification Program provides quality assessment measures, improvement goals, learning opportunities and specific, care-related feedback.

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