AHSQC Launches ORACLE “Outcomes Reporting App for CLinician and Patient Engagement”

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Interactive online tool assesses patient-specific risks of ventral hernia surgical procedures

The Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) is pleased to announce the launch of ORACLE “Outcomes Reporting App for CLinician and Patient Engagement”, a unique validated tool designed to increase patient participation in the care of their hernias.

Using data collected on thousands of patients treated with hernia surgery across the US, AHSQC’s ORACLE offers a real-world prediction of risks associated with ventral hernia repair using mesh.

ORACLE is the culmination of innovative work by Ivy Haskins, MD, Cleveland, OH, one of the 2017 AHSQC Resident/Fellow Research Grant awardees. “I wanted to take advantage of the wealth of data available within the AHSQC registry to develop a user-friendly way to assist patients and surgeons in the clinical decision making process,” shared Dr. Haskins. “I thank the AHSQC leadership and the AHSQC Data Coordination Center team for their collaboration and support of this endeavor throughout its development.”

Following completion of an interactive online questionnaire, ORACLE predicts an individual’s risk of post-operative wound events and long term hernia recurrence following surgery. Common pre-operative risk factors are entered into ORACLE and the tool provides a real-time output summarizing the expected risks for post-operative surgical site complications and long term hernia recurrence.

“ORACLE broadens our ability to counsel hernia patients in our care and review clinical paths and predicted risks of surgery,” stated Michael Rosen, MD, AHSQC Medical Director. “By incorporating ORACLE into my routine pre-operative consultations, I can discuss individualized expectations using my own clinical experience as well as drawing on that of my peers and the real world outcomes of thousands of patients across the country.”

ORACLE debuted to participants of the AHSQC during the 2017 ACS Clinical Congress in San Diego. The fully functional tool is now available to all interested in ventral hernia repair using mesh and can be accessed on the AHSQC homepage.

“The AHSQC is dedicated to maximizing the quality and value of hernia care through collaboration,” stated AHSQC Director for Quality and Outcomes Ben Poulose, MD, MPH. “We hope that ORACLE will increase patient participation in the care of their hernias and enhance surgeon-patient interactions.”

The AHS Quality Collaborative includes stakeholders from across the continuum of care, including surgeons, hospitals, industry and the FDA. AHSQC programs are supported through Foundation Partners Intuitive Surgical, Bard/Davol, Allergan, Medtronic, Cook Medical, and W.L. Gore.

For more information about the AHSQC or to access ORACLE, visit http://www.ahsqc.org or contact Shelby(at)ahsqc(dot)org.

About the AHSQC: Through data collection, analysis and collaborative learning, the AHSQC provides best practices, decision support, care pathways and ongoing performance feedback to participants and partners. The AHSQC is a CMS Qualified Clinical Data Registry and is an authoritative resource for organizations to assess quality metrics and demonstrate a commitment to efficient, value-based patient centered hernia care. Participation in the AHSQC fulfills Part 4 of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program.

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