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Cancer Diagnostic Process Cohort

We are currently recruiting for the Cancer Diagnostic Process Cohort!

Apply to the Program

We are recruiting ambulatory and primary care facilities to participate in the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving the Diagnostic Process. Beginning in Fall 2023, this is a free 12-month program that seeks to improve the cancer diagnostic process, specifically closing the loop to improve diagnostic verification, timeliness, and communication with the patient. 

Applications must be submitted by August 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Learn About Participating

A cancer diagnosis is a complex, multistep process, in which challenges with missed and delayed cancer diagnoses, communication, and followup can lead to patient harm. A cancer diagnosis requires decision making and coordination by multiple clinicians along the cancer diagnostic pathway. Challenges in coordination and other disease-specific diagnostic pitfalls may increase delays and errors in the diagnostic pathway, contributing to preventable delays in diagnosis and treatment that may have adverse effects on patient outcomes. Telemedicine needs to account for the complex decision making and coordination involved in cancer diagnosis. This program helps practices overcome these challenges to improve cancer diagnoses by implementing evidence-based strategies to close the loop at critical points in the diagnostic process in telemedicine and hybrid environments.

Ambulatory Care Practice Eligibility

This program is looking to recruit ambulatory and primary care facilities that engage in screening and initial evaluation for diagnosis of cancer. Specialty practices and direct-to-consumer telemedicine are ineligible for the program. Practices must utilize telehealth in their practice and have video-based telemedicine capabilities.



Eligible Practices

  • Primary care practices (adult and family)
  • Gynecology practices
  • Community-based health clinics (e.g., Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs)
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Health systems providing primary care

Ineligible Practices

  • Pediatric clinics, including adolescent health clinics
  • Standalone specialty practices
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Retail clinics
  • Emergency departments
  • Student health clinics

Benefits of Participation

In this program, you will engage in brief educational webinars, have access to experts and co-learning opportunities, participate in team meetings, and dedicate approximately an hour per month for data collection and submission. Educational offerings are made available at multiple time points (live and asynchronous) to accommodate professionals’ busy schedules.

This program will train physicians and practice staff to serve as local experts in the cancer diagnostic process within telemedicine and hybrid environments; assist your practice to implement quality improvement strategies along the diagnostic process, such as following up on tests and referrals, effectively communicating with the patient, and minimizing diagnostic delays; and support healthcare teams in developing a culture of patient safety.

Benefits of participating:

  • Receive continuing education units (CEUs), continuing medical education credits (CMEs), and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification points (MOCs).
  • Improve cancer diagnostic followup in telemedicine and hybrid environments by closing the loop at critical points in the diagnostic process.
  • Improve patient safety and prevent patient harm associated with missed or delayed cancer diagnoses.
  • Receive direct access to expert support and implementation troubleshooting.

How Can I Learn More?

For more information about the program, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or register to attend an upcoming informational webinar. A webinar recording, transcript, and slides are also posted below.



Registration Link

Friday, June 16, 2023

10:00–11:00 a.m. ET

Monday, June 26, 2023

1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Noon–1:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

7:30–8:30 a.m. ET

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