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  • Requirements for IRIS® Registry practices are as follows:

    • Ophthalmic or medical practice must have at least one active, practicing ophthalmologist (this means current year dues are paid and they are billing for patient visits) and
    • All ophthalmologists affiliated with the practice are Academy members in a “practicing ophthalmologist” (active fellow, active member, active member in training) category.

     In addition to Academy membership, integrated EHR users may need to meet certain technical requirements.

    • Check your Academy membership status through Member Services.
    • Optometrists can use the registry if they are employed by an ophthalmologists.

    Patients who would like to opt out of the IRIS Registry should let their ophthalmologist know in writing. Ophthalmologists will then notify the IRIS Registry, and data for the patient will be removed going forward.

    Integrated EHR Users

    Practices that plan to integrate their electronic health record system with the IRIS Registry must use certified EHR technology that meets the 2015 requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    • The deadline for practices to sign up for integration is June 1 of each calendar year.
    • New user? Check if your EHR system is compatible with the IRIS Registry.
    • If your EHR vendor is not currently compatible, you can still contact IRIS Registry staff about integration. We will work with the vendor toward integration.

    Non-EHR Users

    Non-EHR users have until Oct. 31 of each calendar year to register with IRIS Registry for the first time. If your practice previously registered with the registry, you do not need to repeat this step.

    Data Analytics

    Unless otherwise specified, principal investigators for accepted IRIS Registry analyses must be an Academy fellow or member in good standing and must participate in the IRIS Registry via EHR integration or be working toward participation.