AJRR Collaborates With State Registries in a Variety of Ways

Jul 27, 2018 11:40:49 AM

The number of hip and knee replacement procedures by state in the American Joint Replacement Registry.


David G. Lewallen, MD, Medical Director, American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), was a featured speaker at the University of Michigan's (UM) "Larry S. Matthews, MD, Adult Lower Extremity Joint Reconstruction Lectureship" on May 18, 2018. He shared portions of AJRR’s development roadmap with his audience, including collaborative possibilities between AJRR and state-based registries.

“As a national registry, AJRR already has a strong presence among its international counterparts. At home, it has successfully collaborated with several state registries under different models. Now, as a part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program, with access to additional resources, AJRR’s ability to reach out to the states has increased. We are open to exploring opportunities with state registries that share the AJRR mission to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data,” Dr. Lewallen stated.

This week’s blog shares two examples of AJRR and state registry cooperation. We conclude with a more comprehensive summary of other current AJRR opportunities mentioned in Dr. Lewallen’s UM presentation.

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About the AAOS Registry Program

Jul 20, 2018 8:46:08 AM

Many of our readers and American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) participants have asked for more information about the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program to better understand future options available to their organizations. Today’s blog shares information from a June 20, 2018 webinar entitled, “AAOS Registry Program: Opportunities for Engagement and Insights.” Presenters Nathan Glusenkamp, MA, AAOS director of registries, and Kristina M. Finney, MPH, senior manager of AAOS Registry Program and Deliverables, shared a strategic overview of the new program, its mission/vision, the AJRR model, new anatomic program areas, and the value of registry data. Highlights from the webinar are below.

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EHR and Registry Interoperability

Jun 20, 2018 3:53:00 PM

As the Electronic Health Record (EHR) becomes the primary interface for physicians and other health care workers, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) must increasingly work through EHRs for greater interoperability to be achieved.


Providers’ EHR Challenges

Today many hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and clinicians’ offices use more than one data capture system. In other words, more than one EHR within a single provider system may be utilized to support registries like AJRR. As a result, data capture can be awkward and time consuming for clinicians and their staff. While some of this can be overcome without interoperable systems, for example by uploads from these systems to AJRR of specific standard file formats, AJRR continues to pursue improvements aligned with the overall industry effort.

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June Is National Safety Month, Registries Maintain Continuous Safety Focus

Jun 14, 2018 10:10:07 AM

June is National Safety Month. For the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program, every month is safety month. Many registries around the world began with a mission of monitoring patient safety factors, including medical devices. Over the years, their missions have expanded to include broader data-driven, quality improvement efforts.

William J. Robb III, MD, AAOS TeamSTEPPS mentor, said, “Without safety, there is no quality or value; safety is the kernel around which all else is built.”

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AJRR Data Collection: New Specs Release, Annual Reset, Ongoing Goals

May 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

This week's blog will guide AJRR participants in updating their 2018 Registry workflows, data submission capabilities, and case analysis efforts. After listening to and incorporating participant feedback, AJRR Data Specifications 07.13.2017 Revision 1 and AJRR Data Dictionary Version 2 were released on April 30, 2018. These Registry upgrades added new data elements and deleted, merged, and renamed data fields to create a more user-friendly and comprehensive Post-Operative Complication (Post-Op Comp) File Layout. AJRR has three layouts that it asks participants to submit: the Procedural Layout, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Layout, and Post-Op Comp Layout.

The new Post-Op Comp Layout contains important Level II measures that will, for the first time, allow for risk-adjusted case analysis.

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What It Takes to Onboard With AJRR in <60 Days

Apr 13, 2018 8:28:17 AM

You've chosen the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) for your registry needs and the contract is signed! Now, as an AJRR participating institution, it is time to make RegistryInsights™ work for your hospital(s), surgeons, and patients. How fast and easy is implementation? This week's blog walks you through the timeline, tools, relationships, and resources that will make your AJRR participation thrive. If you are an existing participant, here's how you could maximize your support offerings. If you are just getting started with your Registry efforts, consider this a roadmap of first steps.

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A Message for Our Readers

This blog was created by the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program. The blog is part of our commitment to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable hip and knee arthroplasty data. Our purpose is to communicate with others in the orthopaedic field who share the same commitment. Watch for weekly news alerts, quick tips, actionable checklists, best practices, and research findings posted to this blog. It will be information you can use each week!

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This blog shares health care information from a variety of independent expert sources. Some sources offer opinions that may be of interest to other professionals facing similar challenges. Our approach helps ensure diverse, well-rounded presentation of important, often complex health care content. Shared content does not necessarily represent AJRR or AAOS findings and practices.