What they do
Patient registries are a working list of all patients in a medical practice who share specific characteristics, such as a diagnosis and medication regimen. Electronic registries allow the production of detailed reports on individual patients or patient populations.
Things to consider
The concept behind patient registries is that tracking patient conditions may help physicians better organize patient care. Registries can also help physicians report for federal and private payer incentives, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home™.