Ortech Data Centre (Ortech) announced today that the Company has been chosen to design and manage the North American Spine Society registry (NASS). This achievement represents the third large scale registry Ortech has secured and solidifies the Company’s position as a leader in health care data management and analysis.
The objective of the NASS registry is to collect de-identified data that will enhance understanding of spine care treatments, patient outcomes and the natural history of spine disorders. The initiative will begin as a pilot which will test the data collection process, plaXorm and measures, as well as determine the administrative and cost burden to participants before expanding the registry to the NASS member- ship.
“The driving force behind the NASS registry is the ability for the first time to document the comparative effectiveness of various strategies and treatments for patients with lumbar spinal disorders,” said Dr. Zo- her Ghogawala, MD, NASS Clinical Research Development Chair. “The reason the effort is so important is the costs associated with spinal care in United States are now estimated to exceed $100 billion a year. To put this into perspective, studies have shown that the cost of all spine care in the United States is equivalent to the cost of all cancer care in the United States. For people who don’t think about numbers, spine is a big-ticket item,” said Dr. Ghogawala, who is leading the development of the registry with Dr. Daniel K. Resnick, NASS Research Council Director.
“The entire Ortech team is proud to be affiliated with NASS,” said Jeff Guerin & Sean Volkaert, Ortech Co-founders. “We are delighted to be selected as the organization to work with NASS on their registry initiative and to help them achieve their data collection and analysis goals.”
About the North American Spine Society (NASS)
The North American Spine Society is a multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, evidenced-based and ethical spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy.
NASS is comprised of more than 8,000 members from several disciplines, including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research and physical therapy.