The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announced joint ownership and development of the American Spine Registry. With this venture, the groups aim to transform the Quality Outcomes Database spine registry into a more far-reaching program that facilitates the participation of all North American spine surgeons in a shared, quality data-collection platform.
“This is an appropriate, timely and potentially paradigm-shifting partnership,” Anthony Asher, MD, FAANS, FACS, co-chair of the American Spine Registry and neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, said in a press release. “The [American Association of Neurological Surgeons] AANS and AAOS are highly regarded surgical specialty societies, both of which have clinical, scientific and economic interests in spine-related therapies. It is significant that these two organizations ultimately chose to embrace the greater potential of what we could accomplish together. The combined registry represents an enhanced opportunity to positively impact the future of spine care.”
By leveraging the data science capabilities of the AANS with the operational capabilities of the AAOS Registry Program, the American Spine Registry will allow both organizations to enhance the scalability, sustainability, ease-of-use and relevance of national spine data collection efforts and will facilitate data use by engaging multiple health care stakeholders in this joint initiative, according to the release.
The release noted the American Spine Registry will use data to inform the AANS and AAOS care guidelines and to establish benchmarks to test clinical performance and the validity of various quality measures. The registry will also provide feedback that allows providers to continuously improve their practice and health care outcomes using methods applicable to all practice settings, as well as reduce data reporting burdens on physicians and allow re-use of data for regulatory requirements and continuous quality improvement programs. Finally, the American Spine Registry will help inform gaps in knowledge and define areas for further education and research.
“I’m optimistic this partnership will serve as a model for a more responsible and meaningful data collection standard going forward,” Asher said in the release. “I’m also hopeful that as other medical organizations observe this collaboration, they’ll be similarly inspired to gather and apply essential information in cooperative settings. Our collective transition to higher quality, increasingly sustainable care delivery would, unquestionably, be facilitated by greater cross-specialty and cross-disciplinary data sharing.”