for males ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH
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Urmimala Sarkar



To implement and evaluate a health information technology platform designed to support the management of patients on active surveillance for prostate cancer in an urban, publicly-funded outpatient setting.

Official Title

An Electronic Registry to Improve Adherence to Active Surveillance Monitoring Among Men With Prostate Cancer at a Safety-net Hospital: A Study Protocol


We aim to implement and evaluate a health information technology (HIT) registry at an urban, public delivery system. We will use systems engineering methodologies to design, develop, and implement the platform. The platform will be implemented in the Urology clinic that cares for patients with prostate cancer. We are conducting a prospective non-randomized pilot study that will follow men who choose active surveillance as a management strategy for prostate cancer. We aim to assess the impact of the HIT registry on patient monitoring and adherence. The HIT platform seeks to improve the monitoring and alerting functionality of existing systems. Specifically, it replaces paper-based or ineffective computer-based systems previously used by the clinic to monitor its active surveillance patients. It will be implemented clinic-wide for all patients being monitored by an active surveillance protocol. The platform is approved for clinical use and research by the San Francisco Health Network and the University of California, San Francisco. Research involves materials that are collected for nonresearch purposes, as well as low-risk research employing survey, interview, focus group, program evaluation, and human factors methodologies. We will solicit structured feedback from registry users designed to continuously evaluate and improve performance in a clinical area to reduce patient safety gaps. Patient medical records will be reviewed, but patients monitored on the registry will not be contacted by researchers. Procedures are in place to monitor the registry. First, quality assurance is performed by the research team, information technology analysts in the San Francisco Health Network, as well as by the third-party software provider. This includes checking that data in the platform matches source data, such as data entered in the electronic health record. In addition, users are audited on a weekly basis. A data dictionary defining variables used in the platform exists and is updated as needed. The HIT platform users include clinicians who are responsible for monitoring patients on active surveillance for prostate cancer. Patients who are enrolled in the active surveillance program will be added to the registry by a clinician. The research team will support the clinicians in data analysis, although this will be performed with population-level, de-identified data. However, if unmediated adverse events are identified by the research team, the research team will alert the clinicians appropriately. The research team will also develop training materials and conduct training sessions to ensure that all clinicians responsible for monitoring patients on active surveillance are provided with up-to-date resources and accessible support. The HIT platform is designed to supplement, but not replace, the existing electronic health record. Data on the registry will be validated with source data and users will still engage with the source data and electronic health record as appropriate clinically and operationally.


Prostatic Neoplasms active surveillance health information technology patient safety adherence ambulatory outpatient human factors systems engineering vulnerable populations chronic disease


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Open to males ages 18 years and up

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  • N/A


  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
    San Francisco California 94110 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH
    Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience for the Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and a primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Richard H. Fine People's Clinic.


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Observational [Patient Registry]
At least 48 people participating
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