CONCORD — In its continuing mission to provide the best patient care possible, Concord Hospital announced recently that it has become a member of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint-replacement procedures and to help physicians and artificial joint manufacturers improve the experiences of patients who undergo joint-replacement surgery.
More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S., a number that is expected to increase as more and more men and women remain active as they get older. The lion’s share of replacement surgeries are successful, offering patients years of trouble-free use and helping patients resume their regular activities of daily living. But a few patients – about 7.5 percent, according to national 2006 figures – experience problems after surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced.
“Concord Hospital has always been committed to ensuring its joint-replacement patients have the best experiences possible,” said Erin Almeda, director of program development for The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital. “Being able to benchmark ourselves against other providers around the country is extremely important to us. Understanding variations in care, complications and utilization is critical to improving quality and patient safety while reducing costs, and the American Joint Replacement Registry is yet another tool to help us along that road. Harnessing the power of a national registry is very exciting from a hospital management as well as a public health perspective. Joining the AJRR helps ensure that we can continue to provide patients with the best care possible.”
The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital is the largest orthopedic specialty service in the state, and more people choose Concord Hospital for joint-replacement surgery than any other New Hampshire hospital. The Orthopaedic Institute is dedicated to addressing all aspects of orthopedic care from the moment patients seek service. From pre-surgical assessments and classes, through surgery and recovery, to rehabilitation, all patients’ needs are met through a comprehensive program that extends well beyond Concord Hospital’s walls.
The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for information about joint replacements performed at Concord Hospital and other member hospitals and medical centers throughout the country that participate in the registry. The AJRR aims to carefully monitor the artificial joint throughout a recipient’s lifetime in a database containing information about the patient, the surgeon who performed the procedure and the hospital or medical center where the procedure took place. The data collected confidentially will help doctors more quickly identify joints that are performing poorly, and will help them match patients, procedures and devices to ensure that every patient has the best experience possible.
By offering a single source of data, doctors and other health care professionals who use the registry can easily access data from medical centers around the country and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care. Registry information about patient outcomes and experiences will also help artificial joint manufacturers improve their products and identify potentially faulty products, and can help reduce health care costs associated with replacement procedures and follow-up care. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.
“Registries for joint-replacement procedures and other medical procedures and conditions have proven to be effective tools in improving patient outcomes and reducing complications that can occur both during and following surgical procedures,” said William J. Maloney, M.D., chairman of the AJRR board of directors. “In fact, in countries where registries have been created and used, revision rates have decreased significantly, resulting in substantial cost savings and a better overall patient experience.”
The American Joint Replacement Registry was founded in 2009 by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other orthopedic industry leaders and stakeholders, and began collecting data in 2011.
To learn more about The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital, visit concordhospital.org.