10 Years Caring About You

What is SCARD?

Conceived in 2006 by Cliff Rosendahl, the Skin Cancer Audit & Research Database (SCARD) Surgical Audit Project is a surgical log designed for doctors who treat skin malignancies. It has been designed to facilitate the easy recording of useful data at the time of treatment so that the treatment of skin cancers can be tracked.

The SCARD system is used typically those in primary care roles that are working with skin cancer; such as doctors, nurses, pathologists, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons.

As well as the tracking of specimens this project also facilitates the generation of a confidential report on your computer. You are able to obtain a breakdown of your specimen management details including a breakdown by diagnosis, the number of new lesions sampled to exclude melanoma to find one melanoma, the percentage of new lesions treated to exclude non-melanoma skin cancer which are malignant, your diagnostic accuracy, the percentage of definitive managements which achieve adequate margins and other relevant details.

This project also gives you the opportunity to upload de-identified data to our website so that we can produce a report using pooled results. This report is then made available to you on our website for the purpose of comparison to your own confidential report generated on your own computer. Participation in the pooled results is optional for all users.

December 2006

Concept of a skin cancer audit discussed with the Skin Cancer Society of Australia

March 2007

Public demonstration at the Skin Cancer Society of Australia Conference

December 2007

Use of the SCARD spreads to New Zealand, Austria, Cypress, the USA & UK.

July 2008

140 doctors & over 35,000 cases to the pool as of July 1st;  development of an online version commences

July 2009

Online version is fully operational with 285 doctors and 92,000 pooled specimens

July 2011

457 doctors & over 220,000 cases to the pool as of July 1st
Years Online

The Skin Cancer Audit and Research Database (SCARD) is managed by SCARD Systems Pty Ltd and is provided free-of-charge for all users.

SCARD Systems Pty Ltd is the legal entity that owns and operates the SCARD platform & acts as custodians for the pooled data.

SCARD was originally written as a downloadable program for Windows PCs. With approval from the RACGP in 2008, SCARD platform published a cloud-based version, becoming one of the first medical system in Australia approved for online record storage.

The downloadable version is no longer under development.

The SCARD program is an approved clinical auditing platform for the RACGP & ACRRM over the 3-year assesment period.

Please see our Programs page for more information on the auditing requirements for audit point programs.

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