At Kaiser Permanente, our physicians maintain the highest standards for quality of care before, during, and after your surgery. One way we make sure that you receive the best possible care is by using an innovative tracking method called an implant registry.
An implant registry is a database that tracks Kaiser Permanente members who have received a specific type of implant (such as an artificial hip or a pacemaker). Our registries collect information on member demographics (age, gender), implant models, surgeries or other procedures, and health outcomes. "This helps us identify the best implants and surgical techniques for our members," explains Liz Paxton, MA, Director of Kaiser Permanente National Implant Registries.
Tracking the success of implants
By keeping track of implants and how well they work for a large group of members, it's easier for you and your health team to figure out which implant is right for you. By collecting and analyzing this information for all Kaiser Permanente members nationwide, we can better answer your questions, address your concerns, and give you the latest information on your surgery and your implant. "We now are utilizing the power of computers and our electronic medical record system to capture, track, and research the overall health of our members," says Tad Funahashi, MD, Kaiser Permanente Chief Innovation Officer. "Kaiser Permanente currently keeps registries for members with many chronic conditions and who have received implanted orthopedic and cardiac devices. And we are developing additional tools that will enable our clinicians to use these powerful techniques across the spectrum of medical care."
Improving the quality of care
Data from the implant registry helps us predict your risk for complications, such as infection and pain after surgery. By understanding your risks, we're better able to manage your care before and after surgery to decrease the chance of complications. "Our internal registries extend our knowledge from published medical studies to how these implanted medical products perform in Kaiser Permanente members," says Robin Cisneros, National Director, Medical Technology Assessment and Products. "That allows our members and physicians to make the best choices about their care."
Increasing patient safety
In cases when joint replacements are recalled by the implant company or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the registry allows us to identify instantly all the members who may be affected. This lets us connect your surgeon with the implant company and the FDA quickly and accurately in case something needs to be done. "When a recall occurs, having a national registry is a huge step forward in how fast we can reach our members “, says NiCole Head, National Product Safety and Recall.” We have the opportunity to save lives by getting to our members well before a recalled device fails."