2010-06-02 13:12:57 UTC

AGA Launches Digestive Health Outcomes Registry

June 2, 2010

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and MedAssurant, Inc., announce the launch of the largest patient registry in the GI field, the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry™. The AGA Registry captures data and tracks outcomes related to IBD and colorectal cancer prevention. Unique in the history of registry launches, the registry starts with a foundation of clinical data from more than 4.3 million patients with IBD or who have had screening colonoscopies.

"The AGA Registry is a powerful tool that will help gastroenterologists improve quality of care by understanding what outcomes result from specific interventions," says Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, president of the AGA Institute. "The registry is first and foremost a tool for quality improvement, but it will also support the business side of a medical practice. We plan for the registry to help physicians participate in commercial and government programs that provide incentives for quality measurement."

The AGA Registry will provide real-time feedback reports to practices about the care they provide. The feedback, at the provider and practice level, will allow physicians to benchmark services against data from gastroenterologists providing care to similar patients. At the patient level, the data can help practices monitor patient care, as well as track interventions and outcomes.

Read the complete announcement.

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