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IRMC to participate in AJRR registry

on June 21, 2015 1:54 AM

Indiana Regional Medical Center announced recently that it has become a participant of the American Joint Replacement Registry.

“Joining the AJRR will help ensure that we can continue to provide patients with the best orthopaedic care possible,” said Tracey Missien, director of the Human Motion Institute. “By participating with other hospitals in sharing data about performance and physician and patient experiences, we can help total joint replacement procedures become safer nationwide, while optimizing our own patients’ experiences here at IRMC.”

The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for data on total joint replacement procedures performed at IRMC and other participating sites throughout the country. The AJRR aims to carefully monitor the implanted devices throughout a recipient’s lifetime and trace revision rates in a database containing information about the patient, the surgeon who performed the procedure and the site where the procedure took place. Data collected will help more quickly identify implants that are performing poorly, and will help match patients, procedures and devices to ensure that every patient is provided the best care possible.

By o­ffering a single source of data, doctors and other health care professionals who use the registry can easily access data from sites around the country and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care. Registry information about patient outcomes and experiences will help device manufacturers improve their products and identify potentially faulty devices. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.

“Registries for joint replacement procedures and other medical procedures and conditions have proven to be effective tools in improving patient outcomes and reducing complications that can occur both during and following surgical procedures,” said Daniel J. Berry, M.D., chair of the AJRR board of directors. “In fact, in countries where registries have been created and used, revision rates have decreased significantly, resulting in substantial cost savings and a better overall patient experience.”

More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S. That number is expected to increase as more and more men and women remain active as they get older. From 2000 to 2010, the number of total hip replacements among inpatients aged 45 and over increased from 138,700 to 310,800. A large number of procedures are successful, off­ering patients years of trouble-free use and helping patients resume their regular activities of daily living. However, some experience problems following surgery that require a revision procedure. The American Joint Replacement Registry is a multi-stakeholder, independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for data collection and quality improvement initiatives for total hip and knee replacements. AJRR’s goal is to optimize patient outcomes through collection of data on all primary and revision total joint replacement procedures in the U.S. The mission of the registry is to enhance patient safety, improve quality of care and reduce the cost of care.

Established in 2009, the AJRR contains hip and knee procedures from over 500 hospitals and 2,000 surgeons in all 50 states. The registry is increasing at a rate of 2,500 procedures per week. Today, the registry contains more than 260,000 procedures. For more information about AJRR, visit www.ajrr.net.

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