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Steps to Become an ASR Surgeon Champion

The American Spine Registry is a collaborative effort between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Registry has more than 175,000 procedures from more than 325 participating sites. Surgeons like you, who champion the ASR, are critical to our success. Learn how you can become an ASR Surgeon Champion at your facility.

1. Contact an ASR representative at to begin and verify the participation status of your site (new to Registry, in contracting, onboarding/IT build, or active data submission)
Alternatively, you may fill out this form to speak with a representative.

2. Introduce the appropriate contacts to ASR staff (IT, Nurse Navigator, Service Line Leader, Research Coordinator, Administrators)
A detailed list of contact descriptions can be found here. It is important that these roles are involved from the start.

3. ASR works with your site’s Legal team to execute a contract for your site
A template contract can be accessed here.

4. ASR hosts a Data Specification Overview and Kick-off Call with your site’s IT team
Download the ASR One-pager for an overview of data elements the Registry collects.

5. File Build – Provide clinical expertise where needed as your IT team works to identify data sources in the electronic health record (EHR)

6. Your IT team will work to extract data (ASR to provide assistance and guidance as needed)
We have agreements with dozens of technology vendors to assist with the data submission process. These agreements entail extracting data or sending data on behalf of sites. Click here for a list of approved vendors.

7. Test Files – Your IT team will test the files and ensure proper submission protocol to push data to the Registry

8. The ASR team will manually review test files. Once the test files have been reviewed and validated, live data submission can begin on a regular cadence.

9. Access to RegistryInsights® dashboards – site, surgeon, and national levels – to be provided by ASR

Once a facility submits to the Registry, ASR provides access to the data through the RegistryInsights® platform. Users can view data that has been submitted as well as take advantage of search functionalities and reports to get more detailed information on patients, cases, and surgeons. Sites can also request for the creation of customized, ad hoc reports that may supplement information not readily viewable in the standard reports we make available.

The RegistryInsights platform also allows participants to view data in the various national dashboards for benchmarking.

Institution National Dashboards
The Institution Dashboards give Authorized Users the ability to view their data compared to other Registry participants across the country. The information presented is blinded (i.e., de-identified) and aggregated so as to reflect the truly national nature of the Registry Program.

Easy-to-understand graphs help you visualize how your data compares, and filters within the dashboard allow users to tailor the view and scope of data. If multiple facilities within the same health system are participating, users have the ability to visualize both individual site and entire health system data.

The information presented can be viewed in all categories of data we accept – procedural, post-operative, and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).

Surgeon National Dashboards
The Surgeon Dashboards provide surgeons a personalized dashboard and a summarized status of their individual procedural, post-operative, and PROMs data. Surgeons can use this to compare themselves against national benchmarks and data.

In addition, by logging into their own dashboards, the ASR allows surgeons the opportunity to earn up to 10 self-assessment examination credits for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Maintenance of Certification Part II and satisfy the American Board of Neurological Surgery Continuous Certification Part IV.

10. Receive ongoing support and data updates, to be provided by ASR
View recordings of previous webinars on a variety of Registry topics here. ASR participants are sent invites to relevant upcoming informational webinars led by ASR.

The Power of Registry Data

Once your site is participating and actively submitting data to ASR, the power of data will be at your fingertips. A few of the benefits of ASR participation include:

Data Reuse Opportunities
Data from the ASR can be used to help satisfy your or your site’s requirements for collaborative programs like quality certification programs, federal quality initiatives, and insurer’s distinction programs. Learn more about our quality collaborations here.

Registry Publications
View publications utilizing ASR data here.

Contact Us with Any Questions

If you run into any issues or would like more information about an aspect of ASR participation, please contact the Registry team. ASR staff contact information is available below.


Technical Support:

Contracts, Invoicing, and Onboarding:

Custom Analytics:

Phone: (847) 292-0530

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time