As more regulation and new, mandatory payment structures debut, there is no better time than now to prepare and start collecting patient reported outcome data. For joint replacement surgeons, this is already a reality through CMS’ CJR requirements that became active April of 2016.
Orthopedic surgeons across spine, foot & ankle, and other subspecialties know it’s coming, but they have been challenged to take action largely because there were no agreed upon metrics. What should we ask patients in order to extract the most value from patient-reported outcomes?
Fortunately, AAOS issued its recommendation for patient-reported outcomes across all subspecialties earlier this year. This is great news, and puts all orthopedic practices in a position to act.
We wanted to support that next step, so we created our newest offering, phiDB lite which was recently featured in Becker’s Spine as it relates to patient reported outcomes:
Twenty years ago, two orthopedic clinical research associates were assisting orthopedic surgeons in analyzing data. Utilizing paper forms and Excel spreadsheets, Jeff Guerin and Sean Volkaert sought a better way to perform this data analysis.
So, they created it.
‘[Ortech] was originated based on a validated need as seen by orthopedic surgeons,’ says Michael Barr, vice president of London, Ontario, Canada-based Ortech Systems. Ortech co-founders Mr. Guerin and Mr. Volkaert created a straightforward and simple way to self administer patient-reported outcome surveys.
Ortech created phiDB, a data registry system that captures intraoperative and implant data so orthopedic practices could establish a robust amount of owned data. About 200 clients currently use phiDB. Building off this foundational product, Ortech recently introduced phiDB lite, a patient-reported outcome model.
…. read the full article, Leading orthopedic surgeons into a value-based world — Ortech Systems’ VP of sales & marketing Michael Barr on patient-reported outcomes, here.
Or to learn more about phiDB lite, request a demo.