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AJRR Announces Launch of National Joint Replacement Registry Using
Remedy Informatics' Next-Generation Registry Software
ROSEMONT, Ill. and SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The
American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has selected Remedy
Informatics, the leading provider of registries for Life Science, to
build a registry to collect data on all primary and revision total
joint replacement procedures in the United States. Representatives
from AJRR and Remedy Informatics will unveil the new registry at the
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in
San Francisco, Feb. 7 - Feb. 11.
"We are excited to announce that the registry is going live," said
David Lewallen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Mayo Clinic who chairs
the AJRR board of directors. "We have a very aggressive timetable for
the registry and with the technology in place we are ready to begin
the process of gathering the information we need to improve joint
Based on Remedy Informatics' MosaicT Platform, the AJRR registry will
efficiently gather data from participating hospitals and leading
orthopedic surgeons across the United Sates and enable AJRR to analyze
that data using powerful pattern recognition tools to further efforts
to optimize patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care.
AJRR recently completed a one-year pilot project collecting data on
joint replacement outcomes from nine participating hospitals, which
contributed data on more than 18,000 procedures. With successful
completion of this pilot registry, AJRR has proven the concept of a
centralized national hip and knee replacement registry and identified
key lessons learned.
"We are now ready to move on the next phase and expand the registry,"
said Lewallen. "Our goal is to recruit 90 percent of hospitals across
the United States to participate in the registry by the end of 2015."
One of the key challenges AJRR identified in the pilot was finding
registry technology that would enable efficient submission of data by
participating hospitals. "Finding the Remedy Informatics' registry
software was crucial to our ability to address the data collection
challenges we encountered during our pilot program," said Randolph
Meinzer, director of information technology for AJRR. "The software
enables automated submission of data from existing orthopedic
registries and interfacing with the electronic medical record and
other IT systems of our member hospitals. Low volume hospitals can
also enter data on a case-by-case basis using simple web-based forms.
We believe these capabilities will minimize the data entry burden for
participating hospitals and help accelerate our recruiting efforts."
Another key challenge identified by AJRR was the need to ensure that
the data, collected from numerous institutions across the country, is
semantically consistent and structured for complex queries and
analytics. "Ensuring consistent, quality data was essential to our
project and the Mosaic Platform's ontology made that possible. We look
forward to sharing the insights we gain on patterns in joint
replacement procedures by using the data visualization and query tools
available within the registry," said Lewallen.
"We have been very pleased with the Remedy Informatics implementation
process," said Meinzer. "The Level 1 data development cycle, from
requirements definition to an operational registry, was completed in a
matter of a few months. We are already working on Level II and Level
III data and I am convinced that we will see the goals of the AJRR
Project realized with greater success because we are building on such
a solid foundation."
The registry is now live and ready to capture Level I data, which
includes patient data (name, sex, date of birth, social security
number and ICD-9 code for diagnosis), surgeon data (name and number of
surgeries performed), procedure data (ICD-9 code for type of surgery,
date of surgery, patient age at surgery, laterality and implant), and
hospital name (name, address and number of surgeries performed).
Over time the registry will contain levels one through four of data,
representing a very complete and detailed picture of joint and hip
replacement surgeries in the United States.
"We are pleased to support the AJRR effort," said Gary Kennedy, CEO
and founder of Remedy Informatics. "We believe this is an extremely
important initiative and will vastly improve patient outcomes in hip
and joint replacements. I'm thrilled that our Mosaic Platform will
enable AJRR and its participating hospitals to make many significant
AJRR will have representatives from Remedy Informatics available at
this year's AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Feb. 7 - 11 to
answer questions and offer demonstrations of the new joint registry.
For information about AJRR or to learn more about participating in the
registry, please visit the AJRR website www.ajrr.net.
About Remedy Informatics, Inc. Remedy Informatics, Inc. is the leading
provider of clinical registries, integrated research management
software, and research informatics products that accelerate
translational medicine discoveries from bench to bedside. Remedy
offers a wide range of configurable "off the shelf" biomedical
informatics products which are built on the powerful MosaicT Platform.
Remedy's mission is to tangibly, measurably and permanently improve
the effectiveness of Life Science Research in the United States and
across the globe. For more information visit:
About AJRR The American Joint Replacement Registry is a not-for-profit
501(c)(3) organization for data collection and research on total hip
and knee replacements. The AJRR is a collaborative effort supported
by the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American
Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the Hip Society, the
Knee Society, hospitals, health insurers, consumers, and medical
device manufacturers. For more information, visit: www.ajrr.net.
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Media Contacts Randolph Meinzer, AJRR, 847-430-5033, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristofer Beldin, Remedy Informatics, (801) 870-9407 (cell),
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