Well-developed registries have the potential to assess healthcare quality and inform practice innovations. Beyond internal applications, such as population management, registries with a collaborative, quality-improvement component can provide provider- or practice-specific and comparative benchmarking data. This audit–feedback aspect of quality improvement—including analysis and reporting of specific quality measures—has been the main impetus for many medical societies’ registry development.
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Indeed, many of our sister medical societies have been active in this area over the past decade (or, in some cases, considerably longer), establishing and running registries that enable their members to realize various benefits. The Society for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology (ACC), American College of Surgeons, and ASCO among others, all maintain registries. Perhaps more relevant to rheumatology, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recently announced the launch of the American Joint Replacement Registry, with plans to start accepting data in fall 2010.