ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — ArborMetrix, Inc., a provider of real-time healthcare analytics, announced that Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative selected its cloud-based registry system to create a statewide report database to improve the quality of care of spinal surgery across Michigan.

Using the tool, the collaborative will be able to aggregate surgical outcomes from thousands of patients; develop best practices; and support member hospitals’ and surgeons’ analysis of their own performance in real time.

“We selected ArborMetrix’s solution because its excellent functionality, reliability, and integration of data collection, analysis and real-time reporting,” said David Nerenz, director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System and an Associate Program Director of MSSIC. “The scientific rigor of the algorithms ArborMetrix uses to generate actionable information about quality and performance, the flexibility that lets individual users easily configure the system to meet their needs, and how the tool adjusts for risk and severity factors were important to us. ArborMetrix will enable MSSIC participants to measure, track and monitor their performance in real time, which will help them optimize quality of surgical care, reduce surgical complications, minimize cost of episodes of care, and identify best practices.”

Said ArborMetrix CEO Brett Furst: “With our system … (the MSSIC) will be better positioned to participate in the growing number of clinical quality improvement initiatives from public and private payers, promote evidence-based care delivery, and navigate emerging value-based purchasing models that pay providers according to outcomes achieved.”

MSSIC was formed in 2013 by Henry Ford Health System and several hospitals throughout Michigan, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan through its Value Partnership program. The mission of the collaborative is to enhance spine surgery outcomes, minimize surgical complications and costs, and reduce the rate of repeat spine surgeries across the state.

Based in Ann Arbor, ArborMetrix is a healthcare analytics and software firm specializing in quality measurement, cost-efficiency and performance improvement for surgical and other acute hospital and specialty-based care. The company focuses on developing rigorous data analysis and systems that raise the bar on quality, performance, utilization and cost-efficiency for hospitals, health systems, specialty societies, quality collaboratives and health plans. For more information, visit, email or call (734) 661-7944, ext. 7008.


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