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National Cancer Registrars Association and IMPAC Medical Systems Announce Best Paper Award Recipients
Date:5/1/2008

MINNEAPOLIS, and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc., an Elekta company, and leading provider of oncology information technology solutions, joined the National Cancer Registrars Association's (NCRA) Journal of Registry Management (JRM) today to announce recipients of the Sixth Annual IMPAC-JRM Best Paper Award. IMPAC and JRM, the official journal of the NCRA, partnered on this award to recognize exemplary work in the cancer registry field throughout 2007. The awards were presented to the prize-winning co-authors during NCRA's Annual Education Conference, currently taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The IMPAC Award for Journal of Registry Management: Best Paper of the Year 2007, went to: "Use of Free-text Documentation for Research Involving Imaging and Scoping Procedures in Lung Cancer in the Sacramento Region of the California Cancer Registry" published in the Winter 2007 issue of JRM. Monica Brown, 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 Central Cancer Registry Operations. Part I: Methods and Conceptual Framework" published in the Fall 2007 issue of JRM. Suijha Subramanian, PhD; Jeremy Green, BA; Florence Tangka, PhD; Hannah Weir, PhD; Frances Michaud, CTR; and Donatus Ekwueme, PhD co-authored this paper.

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

"This is the sixth consecutive year NCRA has awarded the IMPAC-JRM Best Paper award, and IMPAC is delighted to continue award sponsorship into the future," says Donna Getreuer, RN, MSN, CTR, and IMPAC's Director of Decision Support. "We remain dedicated to JRM's commitment to excellence and acknowledgement of authors for outstanding work in the field of cancer registry."

About IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.

IMPAC Medical Systems provides healthcare IT solutions that streamline clinical and business operations across the spectrum of cancer care. IMPAC's open integration to multiple healthcare data and imaging systems offers oncology-specific patient charting and practice management, as well as best-of-breed systems for anatomic pathology, clinical laboratory and cancer registry. With products that range from diagnosis and treatment through long-term follow-up, IMPAC provides a comprehensive oncology management solution that helps improve overall communication, process efficiency, and quality patient care.

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

With more than 2,500 employees globally, Elekta's corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. More information can be found at http://www.impac.com and http://www.elekta.com.

About the National Cancer Registrars Association

Chartered in May 1974, NCRA is a non-profit organization that represents more than 4,500 cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars. The mission of NCRA is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy for cancer registry professionals. Cancer Registrars capture a complete summary of patient history, diagnosis, treatment, and status for every cancer patient in the United States, and other countries as well. Cancer Registrars hope their work will lead to better treatments, and ultimately, a cure. The Journal of Registry Management is published quarterly and subscriptions are available.

For more information about NCRA, visit http://www.ncra-usa.org.


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