Providence Orthopedic Institute joins joint replacement registry

October 25, 2012
As part of Providence Orthopedic Institute’s commitment to providing excellent patient care, Providence has joined the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). It is an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures.

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% nationwide, according to 2006 figures – experience problems following surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced.

“Joining the AJRR will help ensure that we can continue to provide patients with the best care possible,” said Karen Foley, executive director, Providence Orthopedic Institute. “By participating with other hospitals in sharing information about artificial joint performance and physician and patient experiences, we can help joint replacement procedures become safer nationwide, while optimizing our own patients’ experiences here at Providence.”

By offering a single source of data, doctors and other healthcare 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 and reduce healthcare costs associated with replacement procedures. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.

The American Joint Replacement Registry was founded in 2009 by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other orthopedic industry leaders, and began collecting data in 2011. The mission of the registry is to enhance patient safety, improve quality of care and reduce the cost of care. For more information about the registry, visit www.ajrr.net.