University of Kentucky
Hospital Cancer Registry Management System


The Cancer Patient Data Management System (CPDMS) was developed by the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) at the University of Kentucky in 1990 to collect and maintain high quality cancer registry data for hospital cancer registries. CPDMS was originally developed as a DOS based system and has been supported by KCR for all hospitals in Kentucky. CPDMS has also been adopted by hospitals in Arkansas, Michigan and Tennessee. CPDMS must be installed and maintained on computers at each individual hospital.

CPDMS for the Web is a modern Web based application that will eventually replace all hospital installations of CPDMS. As a Web based application hosted at KCR, will be much easier to maintain and support. eliminates the difficulties of maintaining a DOS based network application on computing facilities at individual hospitals. Security has been developed with patient confidentiality and data security as a top priority. The system is accessed using the secure HTTP protocol. This requires 128-bit data encryption between hospital clients and the Web server at the Kentucky Cancer Registry. Additionally, requires the installation of a unique client certificate at each workstation designated for use with

Data for each hospital utilizing is stored in an independent database. Access to the hospital database is controlled by each hospital and requires user authentication with the use of strong passwords. Sessions are maintained by each hospital user in Sessions timeout after 40 minutes of inactivity and require re-authentication to resume work.

Databases for reside behind a secure firewall at the Kentucky Cancer Registry. The Web application resides in a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) controlled by the KCR firewall. Access to databases is strictly controlled and monitored by KCR technical staff.

Access to any confidential data by KCR technical staff is limited to that required for system support and troubleshooting. No other staff or personnel are allowed access to any hospital databases. KCR strictly adheres to the rules and regulations specified by HIPAA. For hospital clients outside of Kentucky, KCR will sign and agree to the terms of appropriate Business Associate Agreements. Features includes all of the capabilities of the CPDMS system, including:

The new Web based interface supports printing of reports and data analysis through Microsoft Windows. Output from can easily be incorporated into Microsoft Office documents. Data Standards supports a rich set of cancer registry data variables and fully supports the following data standards:

In addition to the standard dataset, also provides support for additional User Defined Data Elements. Space is currently allocated for up to 10 15-character patient level variables and 20 15-character case level variables. Site specific labels are supported for case level variables. Documentation

Plans for Electronic Pathology Reporting and Electronic Health Records with

KCR has plans to integrate with electronic health record (EHR) systems as they become established in Kentucky hospitals. KCR is already implementing electronic pathology reporting for several hospitals in Kentucky. KCR is developing a plan to allow the electronic pathology reports to be accessible directly from the patient abstracting system. Eventually, automatic population of the cancer abstract with appropriate path based variables may be feasible.

Converting from CPDMS to

KCR staff provide technical support to conduct seamless migrations from CPDMS to The process involves the following steps:

  1. Documentation and client certificate(s) provided to hospital by KCR
  2. Test connectivity between hospital and Web servers
  3. Run the GlobalEditCheck report in CPDMS and correct any critical data errors
  4. Check integrity of hospital CPDMS database (i.e. run dbcheck, integrty)
  5. Zipped copy of hospital CPDMS database (\KCR\DATA) uploaded to KCR via the Secure File Exchange Web site
  6. New hospital database configured for
  7. CPDMS hospital data converted into
  8. Run GlobalEditCheck report in Any new critical errors reported back hospital (requiring resubmission of zipped database)
  9. KCR sets up user accounts with security information provided by hospital
  10. tested by hospital

Please Note: Because very few clients expressed an interest in continuing the "Extended Dataset", KCR now supports one single dataset in Some Extended variables have been removed for the dataset. Any Extended variables maintained in CPDMS can be converted into user defined data fields for continued use in

Deleted variables include:

Record Variable
Patient Data Maiden Name/Alias
Case Data Tumor Size (Next Largest)
Follow Up Performance Status
Therapy Date Therapy Completed
Therapy Intent of Therapy
Therapy Inpatient/Outpatient Status
Therapy Radiation to CNS
Therapy Radiation Surgery Sequence
Therapy Radiation Fractions
Therapy Protocol Code
Therapy Protocol Arm
Protocol Data All variables
Resource Utilization All variables

A History of Excellence

Since 1990, the Kentucky Cancer Registry has provided high quality cancer registry software and support to numerous hospitals in and outside of Kentucky. The KCR information technology group has established an international reputation for developing innovative software products. The CPDMS software system has allowed KCR to meet the certification requirements for the NAACCR Gold Standard for Quality, Completeness, and Timeliness for each year since 1995. In 2002 the KCR became one of fifteen NCI/SEER cancer registries, widely regarded as the highest quality cancer registries in the United States. KCR is proud to leverage this experience with first rate technical support to offer superior software products for hospital based cancer registries.