2020 Annual Report
2020 was an extraordinarily challenging year for our community of cancer patients, family members, healthcare providers and public health representatives. HICOR investigators devoted significant time and resources to face these challenges, with new studies and reports aimed at addressing the SARS COV-2 pandemic, and the healthcare inequities and racism that so deeply affect the health of our patients and our society.
In Washington State, HICOR was charged by the Department of Health to collect statewide data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care, with specific emphasis on underserved populations. This effort is funded by the Washington State CARE Fund. On the national front, Dr. Gary Lyman was involved in early efforts to monitor the clinical impact of the pandemic through his leadership in the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium. This year, we expanded our cancer care quality measurement program to compare quality measures between the Medicaid and commercially insured populations with the goal of understanding disparities in care.