With more than 14,000 orthopedic surgeries a year at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, there’s plenty of information available to build up an impressive research program. All that was left to do was capture the information. Enter Ortech.
“It’s a web-based, software program that physicians are using in the operating rooms,” says Kevin Baker, Ph.D., manager, Orthopaedic Research Labs. “During surgery, surgeons enter data about the patient, the surgical procedure and the orthopedic implants used. We then compare procedures, devices, outcomes and more to learn how effective treatments are for patients.”
It’s more than ortho research
Using Ortech won’t just help with research. Reimbursements, quality control and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reporting are all being increasingly tied to outcomes, and this program will help track them. “Basically, Ortech acts as a registry to improve research processes before, during and after surgeries,” says Dr. Baker. “We do so many ortho surgeries here each year, we have a lot of useful data to collect and Ortech offers an efficient solution.”
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