The largest, most comprehensive electronic repository for physical therapy outcomes is ready to move from planning to reality with the announcement of a collaboration between APTA and Durham, North Carolina-based Quintiles.
According to a joint news release, APTA and Quintiles will be working together to develop the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, an initiative that will be "unlike any other existing physical therapy registry.” Among other features, the registry will provide data “across the continuum of care" and "will align with current and future quality and compliance programs required by payers, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System."
APTA and Quintiles describe the registry as a "hub and spoke" system in which outcomes information from a wide range of sources will be aggregated across patient populations and clinical settings. APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, said that the registry aims to 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."
Recruitment of users for a pilot version of the registry will begin in the third quarter of 2014, with a full launch planned for early 2015.
“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,” said Cynthia Verst, president of Real-World & Late Phase Research at Quintiles.
The association selected Quintiles for this initiative based on Quintiles’ experience in post-marketing research, multistakeholder strategy, and systems-oriented registry design and development. Quintiles is 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.
“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 Rockar. “We are committed to providing data to advance physical therapist practice, education, and research, and look forward to working with Quintiles in this endeavor.”
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