In continuing its mission to provide the best patient care possible, The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health participates in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for data on total hip and knee replacements at Southwest Health and other participating sites throughout the country and aims to carefully monitor and track the implanted devices used in these procedures.
The Orthopedic Institute is participating in AJRR as a quality initiative in orthopedics. By sharing data about performance and physician and patient experiences, the institute is optimizing their patients’ experiences.
Healthcare professionals accessing the AJRR dashboard system can view reports on their data as well as compare it to national benchmarks and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care. Information about patient outcomes and experiences also helps device manufacturers improve their products. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.
More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S. That number is expected to increase as more men and women remain active as they age. From 2000 to 2010, the number of total hip replacements among patients aged 45 and over increased from 138,700 to 310,800. A large number of procedures are successful, offering patients’ years of trouble-free use; however, some experience complications following surgery that require a revision. Tracking the data from these procedures can help lead to greater success rates for all patients.