Geisinger chooses OBERD for Outcomes Data Collection and Registries

13 Jan, 2016, 11:07 ET from OBERD

COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orthopaedic Institute at Geisinger Health System (Geisinger) has chosen to partner with Universal Research Solutions (OBERD) for innovative patient outcomes data collection. As one of the nation's largest health service organizations, Geisinger will use OBERD software for outcomes data collection, registries and multi-center studies.

Geisinger's commitment to improving the patient experience is central to partnering with a technology provider that can help collect meaningful data.

"We are delighted to be partnering with OBERD. OBERD has been at the forefront of technology for outcomes data-collection for many years, just as Geisinger has been at the forefront of integrating outcomes data into decision-making about patient care," said Michael Suk, MD JP MPH, chairman of Geisinger's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. "We expect to work closely with the OBERD team to innovate on the next generation of outcomes data-collection."

OBERD is pioneering research into patient data collection from wearable devices, and adding this to the patient data-set stored in Geisinger's registries.

"Imagine a Geisinger Orthopaedic patient who, while exercising, answers a question about their level of discomfort – which triggers a query real-time via text message to their provider.  And that accompanies the vast amount of OBERD-collected information – demographics, procedures, implant data and overall satisfaction – to provide a complete picture of the individual's care at Geisinger," said Dr. Ali Hussam, CEO of OBERD.  "We believe it will be the new standard for individualized care," said Suk.

About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation's largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in Pennsylvania. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit

About Universal Research Solutions (OBERD)

Universal Research Solutions owns, develops, implements and supports the OBERD (Outcomes Based Electronic Research Database) system. OBERD has been collecting patient outcomes data in orthopaedics for over 5 years, with over 5 million scored forms, from over 1.25 million patients, in its database.

OBERD is committed to empowering evidence-based medical practice through optimal collection of clinical and patient-reported outcomes data. For more information, visit

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