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Health care practices are very active in a wide variety of reporting and often times report to various different organizations in order to track population health, positive outcomes, and quality of care. Some of these reporting mechanisms are hosted by government agencies, highly-regarded news sources, specialty councils, and national organizations. One such type of reporting is through a Clinical Data Registry. These type of registries are made up of similar medical practices and specialties to gain a better understanding of the care given to patients. This also allows groups to benchmark their organization against other participating groups. These registries collect information on the specified health care population and utilize the information to track trends in how disease is managed and how it is progressing within a population.

Why Participate in a Registry?

Participation in a registry allows organizations to gain additional benchmarking and provides access to best practices when looking to improve clinical outcomes and decrease cost. Through this registry data and research, clinicians and scientists will be able to establish patterns based on disease progression, current medical standards, and patient outcomes to determine and share best practices within a community of similar health care organizations. The hope is that this invaluable insight will progress beyond a zip code and expand into the big picture of national and global health care.

Here are just a few of the many registries to choose from:

US Wound Registry
National Palliative Care Registry
National Radiology Data Registry
Lung Cancer Screening Registry
National Cardiovascular Data Registry

Tracking and Reviewing Registry Data

Tracking data, compiling answers to survey questions, and reporting to an organization may sound a lot like incentive-based programs such as MIPS reporting. While participation of these programs are required by the government, reporting to clinical data registries is completely optional and benefit the group of health care organizations that participate by allowing them to see where they stack up against their peers. While these registries may vary in reporting mechanisms, the format of reporting is generally the same. Typically, there is an annual survey that would need to be completed, which always includes the requested data points. Health care organizations will review various metrics that are both clinical and care-based such as readmission rates, standards of care, diagnosis at the time of consult, patient engagement, etc. from the previous year and submit that data to the registry. This may require a need to do an in-depth review of clinical care, social work, and assessment of everyone who is part of the patient’s care team to get an accurate depiction of what is involved with caring for these populations.

How Can pMD Help?

Combing through a full year’s worth of data across multiple teams can be daunting, requires a considerable investment of time, and may leave you thinking, “There has got to be a better way!” Here at pMD, we are working with health care organizations who are at the forefront of population health and participate in these registries. We work closely with physician teams to capture more than just billing information but also additional clinical and pertinent information as well.  pMD has been well-established in working with physicians for tracking this type of information.

Now, with the use of our care coordination product, we are able to assist care coordinators and social workers with securely communicating with patients and their physicians and capture valuable information that would otherwise be lost in the sea of notes come time for reporting.

If you or your organization would like to hear more about what we are working on here at pMD, including our MIPS registry, charge capture, secure messaging, and care coordination software and services, or what we can do to help you achieve your goals, we invite you to reach out to us.