ervical Cancer Screenings Quick Guides

As Cervical Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, Arcadia’s Training Team shares some Arcadia Analytics Quick Guides to help you find patients who need to be screened for cervical cancer.

In 2017, nearly 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and that diagnosis will be fatal for 4,000 of those women.  A recent study looking at data from 2000-2012 found mortality rates of 10.1 per 100,000 black women and 4.7 per 100,000 white women.  Those mortality rates – and the racial disparity – are especially concerning given that cervical cancer is highly preventable.

  • Pap smears can be used to screen for abnormal cells. During a Pap smear, a provider takes a small sample of cervical cells for further examination; Pap smears are generally painless and administered during a woman’s routine gynecological exam.
  • HPV vaccines can protect against some strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Not all strains of HPV cause cancer (just as not all strains of HPV cause genital warts); the HPV vaccine targets the strains that most commonly cause cervical cancer.  The vaccine is recommended for both young men and young women; because it does not protect against all forms of the HPV virus, vaccinated women should still get regular cervical cancer screenings.

Lack of access to care may be a significant factor in cervical cancer diagnosis and mortality rates.  For patients who do have access to primary and gynecological care, providers should focus on identifying women who need cervical cancer screenings.   These patients can be targeted for outreach campaigns.

Our Arcadia Analytics Quick Guides explain how to use Arcadia Analytics to:

  • Monitor Performance Gaps for Cervical Cancer Screenings: Identify women who are missing Pap exams.
  • Track Cervical Cancer Screenings: Identify patients with outstanding screenings or missing results.

Our training team is happy to work with individual practices on cervical cancer screening initiatives – you can contact us at

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Jennifer Polello, MPHA, MCHES, PCMH CCE

Jennifer is the Director of Product Training at Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, with over 20 years of experience across the healthcare continuum in the areas of public health, chronic disease management, quality improvement, health policy, clinical informatics and project management.  Her extensive knowledge and leadership has enabled Arcadia client success on complex enterprise clinical transformation and care coordination projects.   She is an expert facilitator, leading teams of clinicians, nurses and physicians through the transformation and improvement process of patient care in the ambulatory setting through multiple projects throughout her career.

Jennifer has worked on regional health information exchange (HIE) projects and assisted in the design of a clinical decision support tool for patients with type 2 diabetes.  She has also created and implemented online learning modules for clinical transformation and adoption of electronic medical record systems.  Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University and is a PCMH Certified Content Expert.  She brings that knowledge and experience across multiple clinical settings to enhance the training and implementation of Arcadia’s core products.     Under Jennifer’s leadership, Arcadia Analytics clients have been able to use training as a way to move closer to their strategic goals.

January 31, 2017

Want more Quick Guides?

Our training team has Quick Guides available for many different use cases within a practice – for example, caring for patients with diabetes.

Over 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and painful complications can impact systems throughout the body – from kidney function to eyesight.  Arcadia’s chief medical officer Rich Parker, MD has written about the need for a disease management program to support patients managing this condition, noting that, “both forms of diabetes are eminently manageable with good medical care and patient education and self-care.”

An Arcadia Analytics Quick Guide can help you provide better care for patients managing diabetes by finding and addressing gaps during upcoming appointments.

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