The Need for a Clinical Data Registry
Improving quality is a data-driven process, according to Dr. Weber. “You have to know the data, you have to know where your outcomes data fit with the rest of the country, and then you need to determine what you can do to improve your outcomes if deficiencies are found.”
According to Lisa E. Ishii, MD, the AAO-HNSF’s coordinator for research and quality and member of the Regent Executive Committee, the database will collect clinical data, store it, and distribute it to AAO-HNS members in the form of data sets or dashboards. “Gathering data from all participating members will allow, for the first time, the analysis of large amounts of clinical otolaryngology data in aggregate.” Dr. Ishii described multiple purposes for which such aggregated data can be used to improve outcomes in otolaryngology (see “Main Uses for Collected and Aggregated Data,” p. 8).
How It Will Work
Currently, Regent is being tested at 30 pilot sites that represent a variety of otolaryngologic practices, including large and small private practice groups, academic groups, and a range of electronic medical records, said Dr. Ishii. This pilot phase will permit testing of the performance measures used in the database and ensure the accuracy and reliability of the extracted data.