Patient Registries: The Right Track to Better Healthcare

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a patient registry as “an organized system that uses observational study methods to collect uniform data (clinical and other) to evaluate specified outcomes for a population defined by a particular disease, condition or exposure.” In addition to creating realistic views of clinical practices, patient outcomes, safety and comparative effectiveness and supporting evidence development and decision-making, patient registries are associated with improved care for patients with chronic diseases.

HIN conducted an e-survey to find out if and how its responding clients — over 150 employers, health plans, hospitals and health systems, physician practices, service providers and other healthcare professionals — use patient registries in their organizations and compiled the results in this free white paper.

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