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New database to use electronic health info to help address eye diseases

July 10, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

The development of electronic health systems could lead to more advancements that boost different areas of medical interest. Healthcare IT consultants can be hired to foresee possible applications for patient data beyond ICD-10 compliance. 

Such an example can be seen (no pun intended) in a project scheduled to be launched by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that could utilize patient information in a constructive, interconnected way. Called the Intelligent Research in Sight (or IRIS) Registry, it ambitiously looks to improve not just understanding and recognition of visual conditions, but also a means of charting doctor performance.

Both research and patient data will be collected in this project, and practitioners can be held accountable through reward initiatives and the distribution of data. There will also be what are called "benchmark reports" for verifying progress and evaluating performance effectively.   

In a statement released through PR Newswire, Dr. William Rich described the hope for the capabilities of this new project to help revitalize the industry.

"The IRIS Registry will represent a seminal change in how the medical specialty of ophthalmology will improve performance and outcomes, while shortening the timeline for the dissemination of important clinical knowledge, research and results of drug and device surveillance," he said.

In this way, information technology can perhaps offer greater results for even the most specified of systems by being fully integrated. But if interoperability seems at all daunting, healthcare IT consulting can help make these possible applications more obvious. Anything that enables physicians to successfully improve their own performance and the quality of life of their patients could be considered by practices of all sizes.