While NextGen takes part in numerous trade shows throughout the year, there are few that are as large or important for us as AAO – The American Academy Of Ophthalmology’s Annual Meeting.  This year’s event, held in New Orleans, was a big one – not just for us, but for the whole ophthalmic community.

This year’s general session introduced the IRIS™ Registry (Intelligent Research In Sight) – the world’s first comprehensive eye disease clinical registry.  The Academy is developing the registry for the ophthalmic profession’s goal of providing the highest level of eye care possible.  The IRIS™ Registry will provide a place for ophthalmologists to access benchmark reports for quality care, relevant clinical data on diseases and solutions for measuring quality to achieve pay-for-performance incentives.

What does this have to do with your EHR?  Glad you asked, because this is what we are excited about.  The registry will automatically collect data from EHRs to fit seamlessly into practice workflow.  I am proud to say that NextGen is one of the short list of initial vendors who map directly to the registry.

To some, registries can seem like an abstract topic.  But once you get your head wrapped around it, you can see how clinical registries are already playing a proactive part in the quality of care now and into the future.