AJRR Launches Patient-reported Outcome Platform
Level III Data Submission Now Available for Hospitals
Rosemont, Ill. – November 6, 2015 – The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit organization that optimizes patient outcomes through the collection of data on primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures throughout the US, launched its Level III patient-reported outcome (PRO) platform at the 2015 American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting today. AJRR now provides participating hospitals with the ability to submit Level III PRO data.
A PRO is defined as any information on the outcomes of health care obtained directly from patients without modification by clinicians or other healthcare professionals. PROs may be used to assess many different aspects of a patient’s health, and to measure surgical or other treatment outcomes over time. Having this data from a National Registry will enable institutions to make informed decisions based on clinical facts and figures.
“PROs are becoming more and more important to health care, as the federal government continues to emphasize their use with programs and quality initiatives,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, Chair of the AJRR Board of Directors. “We want to ensure that our platform is relevant to practicing physicians, and that they are getting the most out of what we have to offer.”
AJRR developed the PRO platform within AJRR’s Demand Reporting & Electronic Dashboard system. Clinical staff is now able to access patient data while having the ability to manage PRO surveys electronically via a secure patient portal. The AJRR Dashboard system can also pull site-specific patient reports and summary results for each PRO measure supported on the AJRR system. There is currently no additional cost for Level III data submission.
AJRR collaborated with several orthopaedic organizations to identify the specific measures that AJRR should recommend and that may be used as national benchmarks. Even though specific measures are recommended, AJRR understands that some institutions may have in place a long-standing PRO data collection process. Participating hospitals will be able to submit and retrieve these alternative measures, but there will not be national benchmarks available for them.
“AJRR launched Level I data element reporting in 2012. We are proud to now release Level III data collection,” said Dr. Berry. “This has been highly anticipated for hospitals throughout the US. Collecting PRO data and submitting it to a Registry provides many benefits for patients, hospitals, practices and individual orthopaedic surgeons.”