National Cancer Registrars Association and IMPAC Medical Systems Announce Best Paper Award Recipients

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MINNEAPOLIS, and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 1 IMPAC MedicalSystems, Inc., an Elekta company, and leading provider of oncology informationtechnology solutions, joined the National Cancer Registrars Association's(NCRA) Journal of Registry Management (JRM) today to announce recipients ofthe Sixth Annual IMPAC-JRM Best Paper Award. IMPAC and JRM, the officialjournal of the NCRA, partnered on this award to recognize exemplary work inthe cancer registry field throughout 2007. The awards were presented to theprize-winning co-authors during NCRA's Annual Education Conference, currentlytaking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The IMPAC Award for Journal of Registry Management: Best Paper of the Year2007, went to: "Use of Free-text Documentation for Research Involving Imagingand Scoping Procedures in Lung Cancer in the Sacramento Region of theCalifornia Cancer Registry" published in the Winter 2007 issue of JRM. MonicaBrown, MPH, PhD; Katrina Bauer, MD, CTR; Nancy Schlag, BS, CTR; Karen G. Chee,MDc; and Prima N. Lara, Jr, MD co-authored this paper.

The 2007 Honorable Mention was awarded to: "Economic Assessment of CentralCancer Registry Operations. Part I: Methods and Conceptual Framework"published in the Fall 2007 issue of JRM. Suijha Subramanian, PhD; JeremyGreen, BA; Florence Tangka, PhD; Hannah Weir, PhD; Frances Michaud, CTR; andDonatus Ekwueme, PhD co-authored this paper.

"This award was designed to honor and recognize outstanding contributionsto disease surveillance systems and the literature addressing those systems,"says Reda Wilson, RHIT, CTR, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of RegistryManagement. "The NCRA Journal of Registry Management is pleased that IMPAChas, again, provided support for this award. The original manuscripts selectedare of great importance to everyone working with disease surveillance systemsby documenting new ways in which the critical information may be accessed andutilized, and by describing methods by which the cost effectiveness of theseimportant systems can be evaluated."

"This is the sixth consecutive year NCRA has awarded the IMPAC-JRM BestPaper award, and IMPAC is delighted to continue award sponsorship into thefuture," says Donna Getreuer, RN, MSN, CTR, and IMPAC's Director of DecisionSupport. "We remain dedicated to JRM's commitment to excellence andacknowledgement of authors for outstanding work in the field of cancerregistry."

About IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.

IMPAC Medical Systems provides healthcare IT solutions that streamlineclinical and business operations across the spectrum of cancer care. IMPAC'sopen integration to multiple healthcare data and imaging systems offersoncology-specific patient charting and practice management, as well asbest-of-breed systems for anatomic pathology, clinical laboratory and cancerregistry. With products that range from diagnosis and treatment throughlong-term follow-up, IMPAC provides a comprehensive oncology managementsolution that helps improve overall communication, process efficiency, andquality patient care.

IMPAC is part of the Elekta Group, providing oncologists, radiationtherapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state of theart tools to fight cancer and brain disorders.

With more than 2,500 employees globally, Elekta's corporate headquarter islocated in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchangeunder the ticker EKTAb. More information can be found at

About the National Cancer Registrars Association

Chartered in May 1974, NCRA is a non-profit organization that representsmore than 4,500 cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars.The mission of NCRA is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy forcancer registry professionals. Cancer Registrars capture a complete summary ofpatient history, diagnosis, treat

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