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Research to practice: Evidence and tools to improve colon cancer screening in OCHIN Epic

By: Erica Edwards and Anna Templeton

Screen to Prevent Colon Cancer, or STOP-CRC, was a five-year research collaboration between Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Group Health Research Institute, and OCHIN. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, the study was completed in December 2018.

STOP-CRC tested efficacy of fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) with follow-up colonoscopy for positive FIT screenings compared to colonoscopy, the current gold standard for primary screening.

The study focused on FIT testing in OCHIN’s community health center member sites as a more accessible, affordable primary screening method that many patients prefer to colonoscopy.

As part of STOP-CRC, OCHIN worked with the study team to develop member resources available on Ella, OCHIN’s LMS. This includes a suite of Epic Reporting Workbench reports, member-authored case studies, and a screening workflow to effectively implement FIT testing and improve CRC screening rates in participant CHCs.

At the conclusion of the study, the reports were renamed and made available to the entire OCHIN collaborative under the CRC label. To locate these reports in the Epic Reports Library, users must search under “CRC.” A keyword search under “STOP CRC” will not return any results.

If you have questions, please contact Erica Edwards.