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Interested in Joint Registries? See What AJRR Can Offer

Today at 1:30 p.m. in room 4301 of the Venetian/Sands EXPO Center, the American Joint Replacement Registry will hold an informative session on “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and International Arthroplasty Registry Efforts.” Moderated by David G. Lewallen, MD, the session is designed to highlight initiatives by the FDA that advance the missions and goals of registries in the United States and around the world.

Presenters will review the collection of hip and knee arthroplasty registry data and examine how this data can effect change in practice patterns. Efforts are underway to coordinate data among the many registries around the world and to identify uniform standards for cataloging implants.

New user group session
On Wednesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. in room 4301, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) will host an update meeting for participants to review progress made, collaborative efforts established, and future directions to be pursued. Moderated by David E. Mino, MD, MBA, AJRR secretary/treasurer, the session will focus on the background of the AJRR; the benefits of participation to surgeons, hospitals, and patients; and current initiatives.

In addition, the AJRR will hold its first-ever User Group Network. This network provides a forum for individuals who work closely with the Registry, enabling them to stay connected and learn from others in similar situations.

“The AJRR User Group Network is a place to share information and best practices,” said executive director Jeff Knezovich. “We want all of our participants and interested parties to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the AJRR and its future plans.”

To date, nearly 450 hospitals are participants in the AJRR’s data collection efforts, and the registry has data on more than 100,000 procedures. AJRR data collection captures basic level 1 demographic data on patients, surgeons, and procedures; level 2 data such as comorbidities and complications; and level 3 data on patient-reported outcomes.

AJRR is also a Qualified Clinical Data Registry, which means that it can submit Physician Quality Reporting System measures on behalf of surgeons.

During the first meeting of the user group, a panel of participants from large and small hospital systems and academic medical institutions will share information about the enrollment process and submitting data, as well as lessons learned during the implementation process.

In the future, User Group Network participants will be provided with many opportunities to connect with each other as well as with AJRR staff. Plans include webinars, list serves, social media sharing, and quarterly calls.

As part of this network, AJRR is currently initiating a User Group Advisory Board. Members of the board will be tasked with setting the tone for future discussion topics and meetings as well as with providing information to network members.

“Users of our registry come in all shapes and sizes—from individual surgeon groups to large health systems. The premise behind our User Group Network is to share stories among the sites so they can hear firsthand how to utilize the registry to its full potential,” said Lori Boukas, director of marketing and communications. “The AJRR currently has nearly 450 user sites, and there’s a great wealth of knowledge to be shared within that group. We’re glad to be able to offer a way for these users to convene and share best registry practices.”

There is no fee associated with joining the AJRR User Group Network and/or Advisory Board. Those who are interested in joining should contact Terra Miller at miller@ajrr.net

About the AJRR
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is a multi-stakeholder, independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on data collection and quality improvement initiatives for total hip and knee replacements.

AJRR’s goal is to optimize patient outcomes through collection of data on all primary and revision total joint replacement procedures in the United States. As of February 2015, AJRR contains data on more than 195,000 hip and knee procedures from nearly 450 hospitals and 2,900 surgeons in 50 states. For more information, visit www.ajrr.net

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