March 25, 2014
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AAO officially launches IRIS Registry

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology has launched the Intelligent Research in Sight Registry, the specialty’s first comprehensive national database, the academy announced in a press release.

Piloted in 2013, the Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) Registry is designed to store patient data for use in clinical care, clinical research and regulatory compliance. The AAO announced the registry’s launch at its annual meeting in November 2013.

According to the release, 2,300 physicians in 47 states are participating in the IRIS Registry, which currently holds more than 5 million patient records and is expected to contain more than 20 million within 2 years, the release said.

“This is a watershed moment for the field of ophthalmology,” David W. Parke II, MD, CEO of the AAO, said in the release. “We as physicians find ourselves able to harness the power of many millions of pieces of clinical information in order to make evidence-based decisions in a fraction of the time it would have taken 10 years ago. The IRIS Registry is truly a revolutionary tool that will help us improve care for patients and ensure the best possible outcomes.”

The IRIS Registry is designed to interface with 18 electronic health record (EHR) systems. This spring, it is expected to be designated as a certified EHR technology vendor, the release said.

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