WRS Health and major academic medical center are teaming up to collaborate on the CHEER Clinical Research Network for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery to exchange data for practice-based research improvements.
The Duke Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, working with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, is at the forefront of efforts to improve the quality of clinical research in disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. In an effort funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers at Duke created CHEER (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research), a clinical research network.
CHEER was developed to connect Research and Clinical Practice by fostering high-quality, multicenter clinical research in all disorders within Otolaryngology. The network is centered around alliances between academic institutions and community practitioners, bringing large-scale research opportunities to providers across the country.
WRS provides fully integrated, cloud-based electronic medical record and practice management solutions for medical practices, and its subsidiary ENT-Cloud specializes in Otolaryngology.
WRS Health, and its subsidiary ENT-Cloud will be working in tandem with Duke researchers to undertake a quality improvement project through CHEER to analyze the clinical and administrative data of participating WRS Health and Otolaryngology practices in order to minimize false negatives and/or false positives and collectively provide feedback on evidence-based clinical care through thoughtful algorithms and risk adjustments to their Quality Improvement Registry as well as future research projects approved by Duke’s Institutional Review Board.
The initiative will test the feasibility of data exchange, mapping and parsing it in order to perform descriptive analysis, quality metrics and practice characterizations for participating clinical sites. The purpose of which is to provide feedback on evidence-based care and quality and potentially identify factors associated with effective healthcare services.
We will collaboratively develop the data repository initiative CHEER with the researchers at Duke Clinical Research Institute by analyzing data to help bridge the gap between empirical research and clinical Otolaryngology practices by managing and analyzing large administrative databases for statistics support to improve patient-care guidelines for the benefit of ENT providers and their patients.
Along with others, we will be working with David Witsell, MD, MHS, professor in the department of surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.
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