In an effort to improve primary eye care in the United States, six electronic health record vendors have committed to providing anonymous patient diagnosis, disease and outcome information to an American Optometric Association (AOA) registry, with additional participants anticipated.

According to AOA, which represents about 39,000 doctors of optometry, initial participating EHRs include Crystal Practice Management, Eyecare Advantage by Compulink Business Systems, Eyefinity EHR, MaximEyes by First Insight, Practice Director EHR by Williams Group, and RevolutionEHR by Health Innovation Technologies.

AOA’s Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare (MORE) will integrate data from physicians’ EHR systems to provide a systematic way of collecting patient data that helps enhance outcomes, procedures and standards of practice. MORE also will serve as a secure database to help doctors report necessary Medicare data to increase payments and avoid penalties.

“With many physician-level professions now adopting clinical registries and an increasing emphasis on registries in meaningful use and other quality-driven initiatives, AOA MORE will serve as optometry's collective database of clinical information,” according to the association. “That data from AOA MORE will help with clinical improvement through self-benchmarking and support increased access and scope of care and population information to support AOA and state advocacy.”

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Member sign-ups for MORE will begin this week at AOA’s annual Optometry Meeting in Seattle. While the registry is an AOA member benefit, it also will be available to nonmembers for a fee.

Prometheus Research is AOA’s partner in developing, building and supporting the optometric registry. Last month, Prometheus Research announced that it received nearly $1 million in additional support from the National Institutes of Health and health-focused private philanthropies for their work developing open-source integrated registry software and related clinical research informatics data standards.

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