What Physicians Are Saying About the IRIS Registry
Clifford W. Brooks III, MD
Conner Smith Eye Center, Indiana
The IRIS® Registry is helping us use our EHR system to its full potential. It has specifically allowed us to better track important metrics regarding how well we follow our patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Having the data meaningfully extracted directly from our EHR has been a substantial time-saver and allows us to drill down and identify specific patients whose record indicates an action item.
Having this information in the context of a specialty-specific registry is of particular value to me, as I can quickly compare my data with that of my peers across the country, and I can identify gaps, trends, and more.
Having the data at my fingertips allows me to share it with the other team members at my office. I can quickly relay items that we need to work on, such as firming up our “close the loop” protocols for referrals and for communication with primary care providers, particularly for patients who need ongoing care and management of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.
Improved communication between physicians in my experience trickles down to better patient compliance. Patients know that we are sharing information from each eye exam back to their primary care provider.
It’s also exciting to know that data from my personal practice patterns are already being used to advance knowledge and public health through research of IRIS Registry data.