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The Cancer Surveillance System (CSS) is an integral part of the Division of Public Health Sciences Epidemiology Department of Fred Hutch. CSS was established in 1974 under contract with the U.S. National Cancer Institutes's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Its mission is to provide high quality data on all newly-diagnosed cancers (except non-melanoma skin cancers) occurring in residents of 13 counties in northwest Washington State. This department is responsible for the initial identification of 35,000 potential incident cases annually. CSS staff members perform all necessary activities to synthesize information from multiple sources and to adjudicate and validate 350 data items per case from traditional and non-traditional data sources.
Data Coordinators are responsible for reviewing all forms of HIPAA medical documentation for state mandated cancer registration and code over 350 data items for each new cancer diagnosis. In this position, one will be expected to consistently document and classify demographic, incidence, molecular, histologic, treatment and survival information following complex guidelines promulgated and annually updated by the national standard setters. Because this data is used to address clinical, epidemiologic and public health questions at both the local and national level, all staff members are required to participate in ongoing daily training to maintain a high level of technical accuracy demanded of this data. Nearly all aspects of this position are performed on a computer and from reading online source material. This is a reading-intensive position and requires someone who is capable of working independently.