The goal of the registry is to function with little to no additional work from otolaryngology practices. The preferred method of data collection is for the registry to pull it straight from providers’ electronic health records.
The registry will also allow for easy assessment of a center’s performance. “If you are not meeting standards, it’ll be very easy … to see within national standards what you need to do better on,” Dr. Denneny said. “It’s always been hard to categorize results and compare yourself by just reading an article here or there … but [the registry] is really valuable in that.”
The registry will be a constantly developing entity, with new measures added as they are needed. The Academy has also formed clinical advisory committees in seven subspecialties to consider the need for new measures. These committees are made up of experts from Academy committees, specialty societies, and stakeholder groups and are chaired by a Regent executive committee member who has a five-year term, said Lisa Ishii, MD, a member of the Regent executive committee and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.