College of American Pathologists

Pathology Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee


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Reports to: Clinical Informatics Steering Committee (CISC)

Charge: To oversee, guide development, and assist in maintenance of the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC). The eCC is the electronic version of the CAP Cancer Protocols that are published by the CAP Cancer Committee. The PERT Committee oversees eCC informatics issue reconciliation as well as the interactions between the eCC Team and the CAP Cancer Committee with regard to content issues and paper/electronic checklist release coordination. PERT may also support other CAP ventures into structured data capture and reporting.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 2 per year
Length of each meeting: 1½ - 2 days
Typical meeting days of the week: Monday/Tuesday

Location of meetings: Less than 25 miles from airports

Number of conference calls: Weekly for 1hour with special workgroup meetings as needed

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 16 + hours
Chair: 40 + hours

Additional travel or time commitments: Committee member attendance at the CAP annual meeting is encouraged.

Activities of Committee

  • Help to align development of the eCC to mirror the CAP Cancer Protocols as closely as possible.  It is understood that some variation on the original protocols is necessary in order to accommodate electronic formatting.  PERT is responsible for ensuring that clinical content and intent is preserved in the face of these changes.
  • Act as a decision-making body to guide the resolution of user questions and issues regarding the eCC and related policy issues.
  • Propose improvements to the eCC content and informatics.
  • Facilitate communication between the end-user, vendors, the eCC team and the CAP Cancer Committee.
  • Coordinate issues regarding the eCC and CAP Cancer Protocols via an outbound pathologist member liaison to the CAP Cancer Committee.
  • Follow issues through to resolution and communicate this clearly with requestors.
  • Act as advisory board to the eCC regarding promotion of user uptake and product development.
  • Abide by the policies set forth in the CAP Cancer Protocol Reporting Standards document authored by the Council on Scientific Affairs and approved by the CAP Board of Governors.
  • Support other CAP ventures into structured data capture and reporting and discuss as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in CAP inter-committee workgroups (specifically DIHIT) as well as outside organizations that promote structured data capture and reporting.
  • Report to the Clinical Informatics Steering Committee (CISC) regularly and provide a succinct report of activities for the CISC quarterly meeting.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Open-minded
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Knowledge and expertise in anatomic pathology, cancer reporting and/or clinical informatics
  • Interest in the advancement of pathology through structured data reporting
  • Pathologist members should be AP boarded

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Members of the PERT committee will have the opportunity to work on interesting and intellectually challenging cancer informatics issues and other health informatics projects that promote standards in healthcare.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • The PERT Committee consists of a maximum of 20 members (excluding CAP staff). This size reflects the significant workload of the weekly meeting schedule.
    • A chair who is a current or past member of PERT
    • A minimum of five pathologists
    • A minimum of one outside member representing cancer registries or other relevant agencies. These may be non-pathologists.

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