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    IRIS Registry may do more than improve patient outcomes

    Could also play role in move toward using registries to help conduct trials more quickly, at lower cost

    Take-home message: The IRIS Registry can improve patient outcomes by giving physicians access to information that could identify potential areas of quality improvement based on their patient population.

    Reviewed by Michael F. Chiang, MD

    Portland, OR—Few physicians would argue with the goal of improving patient outcomes, but it’s easy to lose sight of this ideal amid the pressures of daily medical practice.

    However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight), a national clinical data registry to improve eye care that was launched in 2014, is designed to help physicians get the information they need to make adjustments in patient care, said Michael F. Chiang, MD.

    IRIS Registry is both a data registry and reporting tool, generating benchmark reports from a dataset of electronic health records and patient information.

    “What we’re seeing is a convergence of technology, policymaking, big data, analytics, and patient care. There’s going to be an evolution of the healthcare delivery process, and I think the IRIS registry is a huge step in all of this,” said Dr. Chiang, Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the Oregon Health and Science University Casey Eye Institute. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s IRIS Registry Executive Committee and chairman of the Academy Task Force on IRIS Registry Analytics and Research.

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