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How can registries facilitate quality reporting?

Most registries have reporting capability, but may differ in ease, flexibility and options.  Some offer only the most basic of reporting options, where as others offer more in depth, and customizable reports.

There are three broad types of registries, and they vary in their ability to generate reports.  A custom built registry usually relies on database software, and typically only includes a small number of stored queries available to generate reports. Public domain software generally have limited flexibility for allowing customizable reports, however, there is usually a good amount of technical support offered.  Commercial registry software are generally more flexible and have a greater amount of technical sophistication when it comes to reports; however, these registries can be very costly and have not been widely implemented, therefore a limited amount of testing has been done on them.

When deciding what registry to implement, a clinic should consider its reporting needs.  There are many different types of reports, including, provider, clinic and population level and intervention or summary reports.  Registries are also variable in how user friendly they are, so it is important to look into how much user support is offered by the vendor.

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