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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 10, 2014 — Quintiles and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) today announced a new strategic collaboration to develop and implement the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry—which will be the largest and most comprehensive physical therapy electronic repository to date.
"Patient registries are an increasingly vital component of real-world, comprehensive evidence development for identifying the causes of disease and, in this case, injuries, and designing effective treatments," said Cynthia Verst, president of Real-World & Late Phase Research at Quintiles. "Working together with APTA and leveraging our expertise in designing and implementing registries, our goal is to build a new registry that will provide clinicians and practices with benchmark data to improve healthcare delivery and achieve better patient outcomes."
APTA selected Quintiles for this initiative based on Quintiles' extensive experience in post-marketing research, multi-stakeholder strategy, and systems-oriented registry design and development. Recruitment of users for a pilot version of the registry will begin in the third quarter of 2014, with a full launch envisaged for early 2015.
"APTA is in a unique position to help physical therapists comply with requirements by payers, employers, certification boards, healthcare facilities, and other entities to ensure participation, accreditation, and adherence," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr., PT, DPT, MS. "We are committed to providing data to advance physical therapist practice, education, and research, and look forward to working with Quintiles in this endeavor."
Both Quintiles and APTA believe the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry will be unlike any other existing physical therapy registry by providing data across the continuum of care. The registry will align with current and future quality and compliance programs required by payers, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System.
The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry will use a hub-and-spoke model to collect data, wherein data is collected from multiple sources (the "spokes") and deposited into a centralized repository (the "hub"). The "spokes" include electronic health record systems, billing and documentation systems used by health systems, APTA chapters (or "components") across the country, private practices, other facility-based practices, and individual physical therapists. This model will allow the largest amount of information to be collected in the most efficient manner and provide the ability to aggregate data across diverse patient populations and clinical settings in which physical therapists practice.
"Through strategic partnerships with current data collection tools and systems in the field, the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry will become the most comprehensive database for demonstrating the value of physical therapy in the near future and will further the development of standards of practice and quality reporting requirements," said Rockar.
Quintiles (NYSE: Q) is the world's largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 29,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. We have helped develop or commercialize all of 2013's top-100 best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes. To learn more about Quintiles, please visit www.quintiles.com.
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about the types of conditions physical therapists can treat, and find a physical therapist in your area, by visiting www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow APTA on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.