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  September 2012  


Dear Colleague: 
In publishing the E/Clips e-newsletter, it is C/NET Solutions' intent to share timely information, tips, and tools of interest to those in the cancer registry profession.  Please let us know if you find the information contained in E/Clips to be of use in your daily work.  We welcome your comments and suggestions. 

Computer Assisted Coding in Cancer Registries 

Alan Houser, C/NET Solutions Project Director, presented a paper at AHIMA's Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) Summit held in Baltimore in April 2012. The paper focused on CAC tools available in cancer registry software systems and how those tools aid in productivity and data quality. We've turned that presentation into a white paper that is available for
download on our website. While many of the tools discussed in the white paper are familiar to cancer registrars, the paper may be a useful resource for educating your management team about CAC features in registry software systems or for evaluating whether your current registry system is keeping up with advancing technology.  

Alan Houser Appointed Project Director  

of C/NET Solutions


After 30 years with C/NET Solutions, Barry Gordon, founder and Project Director, retired on June 30, 2012. The last 30 years have been a wonderful success and all of us at C/NET Solutions wish Barry well as he spends more time with family and grandchildren and pursues his passion for photography.   Alan Houser, our former manager for Special Projects, was selected to succeed Barry as Project Director and started learning the details of managing C/NET Solutions from Barry last March.


C/NET Solutions could not ask for a more knowledgeable or experienced person to step into the Project Director position. Alan began his career with C/NET Solutions back in 1984 when he was tapped by Barry to write the CanSur/Net software user manual and design a hands-on training module to learn the software. It was a natural fit for Alan as he had previously taught statistical and data concepts at the University of California San Francisco Tumor Registry Training Program, where he was statistician and database manager. In 1987, he joined Barry as a programmer for three years where he wrote the first online edits that validated a case while you were abstracting it.


Since rejoining the C/NET Solutions programming staff in 1995, Alan developed the online and SmartHelp features in CNExT, the MP/H Help Tool, and others, worked to improve the NCDB Call for Data interface as the Call itself changed over time, designed the SSDI Matching program, and managed the Windows upgrade of the CDC Edits Tools used by all state and national registries to create and update edit sets. He has also worked with national groups on edits development and collaborative staging implementation, bringing the perspective of the hospital data collector into an environment dominated by central registry end users.


Alan's depth of understanding of cancer registry work and his ability to innovate software tools and features that make cancer data entry accurate and faster will serve both our staff and our customers well as he assumes his new leadership position at C/NET Solutions.

GenEdits Grief? Not with CNExT!

C/NET Solutions customers will not be required to take the extra step of running their NCDB file submission through GenEdits thanks to an edits feature built into our CNExT software. The "Edits Monster" feature can be invoked from within CNExT at the time of NCDB file creation and is much easier and faster than using GenEdits. On a recent teleconference call with software vendors, Jerri Linn Phillips of the NCDB confirmed that files processed by the Edits Monster met the quality standards of the NCDB and it would not be necessary for C/NET Solutions customers to run their files through GenEdits prior to data submission. Our hats are off to C/NET Solutions' programmer Kathleen Beaumont for creating this wonderful edits tool and eliminating one giant step in the NCDB data submission process.
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