SCARD Publications

February 26, 2024

A joint announcement between SCARD Systems and SCARD Inc

A joint announcement between SCARD Systems and SCARD Inc You would not often measure success by destroying a viable income stream, but that is precisely how we feel about transitioning to SCARD Inc. […]

January 6, 2024

Discovering Insights: 2023 in Review at SCARD

As we reflect on the year 2023 at SCARD, we are thrilled to share with our community the comprehensive review of our journey and milestones achieved. Our sister site,, has just published an insightful article, “2023: A Year in Review for SCARD,” capturing the essence of our progress and the significant advancements made in skin cancer research and practice. […]

September 5, 2023

Lights in a dark room: visualizing data from SCARD

In the realm of medical practice and research, the significance of data analysis cannot be overstated. Medical professionals constantly grapple with a wealth of patient information, but the manner in which they digest and utilize this data can have a profound impact on decision-making and patient outcomes. One critical consideration in this process is the choice between raw statistics and visual data representation, such as graphs and charts. To assist all health care professionals, SCARD have just released our updated report platform for public data, including heat maps and reports from the SCARD Research Pool. […]

July 28, 2023

Calculating the results – Computing power

As you would no doubt expect, medical research requires significant compute power to process and analyse vast amounts of complex data. With the increasing prevalence of skin cancer cases and the need to improve diagnostic accuracy and treatment options, researchers heavily rely on advanced computational resources to make meaningful advancements in this field. The compute power required for skin cancer research plays a crucial role in handling high-resolution images, genetic sequencing data, and other large datasets obtained from patient samples and clinical studies. […]

June 9, 2023

The SCARD platform: security and compliance

Is it secure? With the regular reports of data breaches worldwide, security and compliance for SCARD is a daily focus for us. This post aims to provide you with some information on the technologies used by SCARD and how each component is independently secure and contributes to the overall compliance of SCARD. Since SCARD is also between versions (Version 4 > Version 5), we’re including details about both the legacy platform as well as the new system that is undergoing trials with users. […]

May 29, 2023

UQ GP Newsletter for May 2023

The recent publication “Practitioner characteristics, diagnostic accuracy metrics and discovering-individual with respect to 637 melanomas documented by 27 general practitioners on the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database” was featured in the University of Queensland’s GP newsletter for May 2023 as the “Research article focus”. […]

April 24, 2023

Practitioner characteristics, diagnostic accuracy metrics and discovering-individual

Knowledge of accuracy for melanoma diagnosis and melanoma discovering-individual in primary care is limited. We describe general practitioner (GP) characteristics and analyse defined diagnostic accuracy metrics for GPs in the current study comparing this with a previous study for GPs common to both, and we analyse the individual first discovering each melanoma as a lesion of concern. […]

SCARD: 16 years on

It was Easter in 2007 when SCARD started seeing significant use, and with the impending arrival of a particular bunny, the primary email chain had a subject line of “Rabbit Stew.” Since its introduction in 2007, SCARD has become one of the largest databases for skin cancer treatment and research in Australia & New Zealand. […]

March 27, 2023

Save the date – Why we use ISO 8601

In the world of databases, dates are crucial pieces of information that are used for a variety of purposes. They are used to record events, track time-sensitive data, and organise information in chronological order. However, using different date formats and standards can lead to inconsistencies, confusion, and errors. That’s why it’s important to use standardized dates for databases, such as ISO 8601. […]

February 28, 2023

Change of analytics platform

SCARD Systems has removed Google Analytics from this website and the SCARD Surgical Audit. Google Analytics collects website traffic and user behavior data, including their location, interests, and browsing history. While this data can be useful for developers to improve their content and user experience, it can also widen the digital footprint for visitors and increase the information that can be tracked and shared across multiple websites. […]

April 19, 2022

Characteristics, treatment and outcomes of 589 melanoma patients documented by 27 general practitioners on the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database

General practitioners manage more melanomas than dermatologists or surgeons in Australia. Previously undescribed, the management and outcomes of melanoma patients treated by multiple Australasian general practitioners are examined. […]

August 24, 2021

Characteristics of 637 melanomas documented by 27 general practitioners on the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database

Most melanomas (including melanomas in situ), in Australasia, are treated by general practitioners (GPs). Previously undescribed, the characteristics of a series of melanomas treated by multiple GPs are examined. […]