Cancer Data

The Division of Public Health's (DPH) Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS) has the technical capacity to receive electronic cancer data submissions for Meaningful Use Stage 2 from Eligible Professionals (EPs). The transport method DPH supports for cancer data submission is the Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHIN MS). Any EP that wants to satisfy the Meaningful Use objective for cancer data submission has to use PHINMS, meet the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) 2.0 standard, and conform to the CDA implementation specifications found in the Implementation Guide for Ambulatory Healthcare Provider Reporting to Central Cancer Registries (PDF, 1.9 MB) . Also, the technology used by the Eligible Professional to generate the cancer CDA message has to be a federally certified 2014 Edition EHR technology for this objective.

DPH has limited resource capacity to test with and onboard EPs to the WCRS. For EPs that register, DPH is prioritizing cancer data submission testing and onboarding in the order listed below:

  1. Providers currently not meeting the state mandate to report cancer cases to WCRS.
  2. Providers reporting cancers that are currently underreported (dermatology clinics, urology clinics, etc.)
  3. Providers that are currently reporting on paper.

It is likely in 2014 that testing and onboarding will only begin for EPs in the first category listed above. Testing and onboarding for categories 2 and 3 should begin in 2015.

Providers in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use can meet the cancer data submission objective even if they do not begin testing during their EHR reporting period as long as they register with DPH no later than 60 days after the start of their reporting period, are responsive to DPH communications, and have a federally certified 2014 Edition EHR technology certified for cancer data submission.

To register to submit HL7 CDA 2.0 cancer messages to WCRS using your certified EHR technology, please visit the PHREDS registration FAQ page. To register, you will need the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Primary technical contact information (phone number and email address)
  • Primary Meaningful Use contact information, if applicable (phone number and email address)
  • Primary address
  • Meaningful Use stage and year, if applicable
  • EHR vendor name
  • EHR product name and version of product

For providers onboarding to meet Meaningful Use, the cancer program and other program areas will not begin the onboarding process until you register.

Onboarding Checklist

Use this onboarding checklist for cancer data (PDF, 89 KB) to learn how to submit data electronically.


If you have questions concerning the registration process, please email

If you have questions concerning the technical onboarding process for cancer data, please email the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System at

Last Revised: September 8, 2015