Opening the black box of cancer surgery quality: WebSMR and the Alberta experience.

@article{Mack2009OpeningTB,
  title={Opening the black box of cancer surgery quality: WebSMR and the Alberta experience.},
  author={Laurence A. Mack and Oliver F Bathe and Marilynne A. Hebert and Evangeline Tamano and William Don Buie and Theodore Fields and Walley J Temple},
  journal={Journal of surgical oncology},
  year={2009},
  volume={99 8},
  pages={
          525-30
        }
}
A web-based synoptic operative report, the WebSMR (Surgical Medical Record), was developed to define and improve the quality of cancer surgery. Surgeons accurately record the essential steps of an operation including important decision-making in an analyzable format. Outcomes can be reviewed with provincial aggregates for quality improvement and maintenance of certification. Future synoptic pathology and follow-up templates will open the "black box" of surgical processes to define quality… CONTINUE READING
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