Quality & Practice

About the Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD)


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) are working together with technology vendor FIGmd to create the Spine Quality Outcomes Database. This marks the first time 2 primary medical specialties have joined forces to create a clinical data registry.


A clinical data registry compiles clinical information about the health of the patient. There are many types of clinical data registries with different purposes that focus on the surveillance of a certain disease or condition. Our Registry, named the Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD), will follow both surgical and nonsurgical patients longitudinally with an emphasis on quality improvement.


You can participate directly from your office! Each time a patient sees their provider, data is recorded in their electronic health record (EHR), which is then reported to SQOD. Key information from the provider’s EHR is sent in a secure and encrypted fashion to the Spine Quality Outcomes Database for analysis. The SQOD stores and analyzes the data and then reports performance metrics back to the participants. It also benchmarks the participant’s performance against other participants in the practice regionally and/or nationally.


The SQOD is now live! Contact spineregistry@aapmr.org to register today.


The SQOD will follow individuals with spine related issues longitudinally, and collectively, the data has the ability to advance the understanding of the ever-growing spine patient population while demonstrating the quality and value of treatments. It will also help you meet your 2017 MIPS reporting requirements and can be used as a mechanism to fulfill your American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part IV requirements.