Eye Care Registry is a clinical-outcomes based registry that provides the analytical data needed for you to incorporate a process of continuous quality improvement into your practice. If you are like most eye care providers, the above statement makes absolutely no sense. Payers and others in health care who do understand the meaning of that statement are currently building new health care delivery systems which will eventually affect your practice.
The Eye Care Registry is designed to analyze and compare clinical-outcomes data that you will need in order to be included in the new health care delivery system. To help you understand the design and purpose of the Eye Care Registry, you are encouraged to view the four links at the bottom of this page. These links will help you understand why the Eye Care Registry is essential and why you need to participate. Teaching these concepts is outside the scope of the registry, however, a program called The Getting Connected, available from OD Excellence, is dedicated to helping eye care providers understand health care reform. Another important question is how does the registry help you understand your clinical outcomes? This question is most easily understood by looking at an actual example.
Between and a group of pediatricians treating childhood Crohn’s Disease were able to increase the average percentage of children in remission from 50% in 2006 to 85% in by simply utilizing a clinical-outcomes registry and applying a process of continuous quality improvement. During that time, there were no new medications or processes introduced for the treatment of Crohn’s. The Eye Care Registry is designed similarly to the clinical-outcomes registry this group of pediatricians used in the Crohn’s Disease study. Every physician who participated in the study simply reported what diagnostic tests were done, what treatments were prescribed, and a statement of what outcome the patient had as a result of those treatments. The power of the registry gives you the ability to compare your clinical outcomes with those of other providers who may have utilized a different set of diagnostic tests and treatments. Having this ability allows you to put in place a process of continuous quality improvement. The registry does not tell you how to practice, it simply allows you to compare your outcomes against other provider outcomes so you can use that information to decide whether you want, or need to modify your internal processes.