American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting

American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting

Issue: November 2016
October 16, 2016
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IRIS becomes 'world's largest clinical registry'

Issue: November 2016
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CHICAGO — Since its debut on Jan. 1, 2013, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Intelligent Research in Sight Registry has become the world’s largest clinical registry, William L. Rich III, MD, said in a press briefing at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting.

The registry provides ophthalmologists with data on more than 28 million U.S. patients and 100 million patient visits, according to Rich.

“We can look at all payers, all populations, even those without insurance. This is a powerful tool to evaluate our patients. It’s the nation’s first, and now the world’s largest comprehensive, not just eye care, but the world’s largest clinical registry period after 2 years,” Rich said.

Since coming online, ophthalmologists have submitted data on millions of patients to the registry, including 3.3 million patients with open-angle glaucoma, 2.4 million patients with cataracts, 2.3 million patients with age-related macular degeneration and 1.3 million patients with diabetic retinopathy, according to Rich.

Rich also noted ophthalmologists have saved more than $24 million in penalty avoidance by submitting quality information through the IRIS Registry to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Physician Quality Reporting System. by Robert Linnehan

Disclosure: Rich reports no relevant financial disclosures.