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Unprecedented International Effort Seeks to Improve Safety of Orthopedic Devices
Date:12/21/2011

ed Comparative Effectiveness Program and is an associate professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College.

For the time being, the only reliable outcomes data on devices come from large registries in the U.S., such as the Kaiser Permanente Implant Registries, and international registries such as those in Australia, the U.K. and Scandinavian countries that track 100 percent of device implants in those countries. While these data are complete, each registry takes a unique approach to monitoring safety.

As a result, ICOR is bringing together orthopedic surgeons, scientists and other stakeholders to establish a unified method for analyzing and reporting multinational registry data. "The result will allow us to find important differences between implants — and thus provide important evidence to inform decision-making by physicians, hospitals and patients," say ICOR researchers. 

"This collaboration provides a unique opportunity to improve patient safety worldwide by identifying the best implants for our patients," said supplement co-author Paxton, director of Kaiser Permanente's Implant Registries, which includes more than 300,000 registered implant's.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery supplement summarizes the inaugural ICOR meeting held May 9 and 10 at the headquarters of the FDA in Silver Spring, Md. A total of 14 papers (including a summary paper) report on a variety of the meeting's topics such as implant safety and methodology. Conference invitees included 73 stakeholders from 29 registries representing 14 nations. In addition, more than 25 non-registry stakeholders represented the medical device industry, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, academia, device regulatory agencies, device cataloging experts, insurers and other payers. The Hospital for Special Surgery was an important partner in organizing the meeti
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