A medical registry is a tool for collecting, organizing and displaying patients’ clinical information. The registry helps provide data that medical practitioners depend on to assess and improve health outcomes based on the patient’s or population’s particular circumstances, infection, or exposure. Data stored in the medical registries is mainly collected through observation, after which it is harmonized for specific outcomes, treatments, and health of the patients. The data can be put together and analyzed to show the medical patterns and trends relating to different health aspects (Moore, n.d.). Medical registries are prepared differently depending on the condition, patient population, treatment, or condition scrutinized. Therefore, registries can exist in many different forms. Common types of registries include;
A patient registry, also called a disease registry, is mainly used to track facts regarding the health status of patients and the medical care they are accorded depending on their condition or disease (Walgran, 2019). The disease registries assemble data that can be used to scrutinize best practices, longitudinal outcomes, and treatment procedures and to facilitate research and medical development.
The term “specialty registries” refers to medical registries whose aim is to help in developing better medical care and outcomes in specific health areas, such as pathology, surgery, and trauma medicine (Moore, n.d.). Specialty registries are kept to assist in developing healing guidelines, speed up research, and support health care delivery through concerted quality expansion.
Population registry captures a broader perspective across the entire patient population. It comprises data relating to both the patient and specialty registries (Walgran, 2019). It is a kind of registry that captures all patients’ diagnostic, treatment, and health outcome information in a defined population based on different attributes, geography, demographics, or disease/condition.
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Walgran, K. (2019). Types of patient registries and where to find them. InfoDesk. Web.