Big data yields new insights for cataract surgery — 4 things to know

The Intelligent Research in Sight Registry is searching through big data for cataract surgery outcomes.

Here are four things to know:

1. "Big data" allows massive amounts of information to be analyzed to uncover patterns, associations and trends.

2. The American Academy of Ophthalmology's IRIS Registry debuted in 2013 as the nation's first electronic health record-based comprehensive registry of eye disease and conditions. Today, it includes 17.6 million unique patients and 61 million patient visits recorder by 10,696 ophthalmologists.

3. The database is helping ophthalmologists with clinical benchmarking at the practice, regional and national levels. This enables physicians to monitor patient care, track interventions and evaluate outcomes across different populations.

4. The registry's subspecialty modules can help analyze how preexisting conditions, such as disease severity, risk factors and demographics affect outcomes for the main ophthalmic conditions and procedures.

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