Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), a nonprofit organization that deals with issues in bariatric and metabolic surgery, recently announced that more than 120,000 registered patients have been entered into its Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database.
As the world’s largest dedicated repository of bariatric surgery patient information, BOLD aims to assist in identifying risk factors and quality indicators, developing risk stratification guidelines, and allow for continuous quality improvement for bariatric surgery.
The SRC, which administers the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Participants, mandates that all participants enter information into BOLD for every bariatric surgical procedure and patient encounter, including complications and comorbidities.
“Nearly 900 surgeons and more than 500 hospitals are now entering data into BOLD,” said Neil Hutcher, MD, FACS, chairman of the SRC Board of Directors and a practicing BSCOE bariatric surgeon in Richmond, Va. “I’m also pleased to announce that 100% of BSCOE designees are BOLD users. A remarkable accomplishment when compared to a recent study reporting that only 7.6% of U.S. hospitals use an electronic health record.”
In June, SRC plans to help BOLD users compare their individual data to the entire research dataset by providing them with aggregate benchmark data. The organization also looks to publish national aggregate data reports in order to establish a basis for best practices.