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FAQS2020-01-30T15:09:16-06:00
Why should my site join the American Spine Registry (ASR)?2020-01-30T15:07:05-06:00

Ultimately, patients are the ones who benefit most when your organization and surgeons participate in the American Spine Registry (ASR). Through the submission and analysis of data, it’s easy to actively utilize the knowledge gained to improve outcomes and the quality of spine care. With national benchmark data at your fingertips through the RegistryInsights® platform, you can compare your results to performance across the country, supporting highly informed decision-making and quality improvement.

What is the RegistryInsights platform?2020-01-30T15:07:44-06:00

The ASR is built on technology called RegistryInsights that allows your site to access all your data. ASR participants have access to two dashboards on RegistryInsights: Institution Dashboards and Surgeon Dashboards. The RegistryInsights platform also offers numerous reports that you can run on your data at any time.

Who is eligible and how do you register for the ASR?2020-01-30T15:10:13-06:00

Hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and private practice groups of any size can participate in the ASR. Surgeons can access their data if their site is participating through the Surgeon Dashboard feature in RegistryInsights. To get started, please contact our Engagement team at Engagement@AmericanSpineRegistry.org.

Can surgeons see their individual data?2020-01-30T15:10:44-06:00

Our Surgeon Dashboards provide surgeons a confidential, personalized dashboard and summarized status of their individual data so they can compare it against national benchmarks. They can use this information for required reporting to quality improvement initiatives. For more information, please contact our Engagement team at Engagement@AmericanSpineRegistry.org.

What data elements are collected by the ASR?2020-01-30T15:11:05-06:00

The ASR collects procedural data, post-operative data, and patient-reported outcome measurement (PROM) data. ASR has a Standard option for participating with discrete data pulls from electronic health records (EHR) and minimal PROMs, and a Vanguard option with additional data elements such as from the brief-op notes and extended PROM follow-up.

What is the difference between Standard and Vanguard participation?2020-01-30T15:11:33-06:00

The decision to participate in Standard and Vanguard will vary by the technology and staff available at the site. The key difference is that the Vanguard option requires additional data elements and expanded follow-up with the collection of PROMs. Standard and Vanguard levels are designated by what data elements a site submits and a site can change status at any time they desire.

How is data processed in the ASR?2020-01-30T15:11:53-06:00

Data is processed in the ASR with automated and manual validation programs, regular quality control, and annual external audits. Sites will be provided an ability to see submissions, monitor and address rejected files, review canned dashboards and reports, access all documents and resources, and compare themselves to national benchmarks. Additional custom reports are available by the ASR analytical team at no extra cost.

Is patient data secure in the ASR?2020-01-30T15:12:14-06:00

In the age of digitization, keeping data secure is of the utmost importance. The privacy and security of patient health information is a top priority for the ASR. That’s just one reason why we follow all Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Protected Health Information (PHI) regulations. The ASR PHI is secured, maintained, and released in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, including HIPAA regulations. Likewise, all personnel who process, generate reports, or otherwise have contact with PHI must uphold the patient’s rights to confidentiality. This policy refers to all information resources, whether written, verbal, or electronic, and whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.

Additionally, our staff has been trained in HIPAA privacy and security. We are committed to routinely auditing users’ access to patient information to assure that these standards are upheld. Security assessments for participating sites are available as needed.