The Rosemont, IL-based American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and M2S, a hospital technology and services provider headquartered in West Lebanon, NH, in February launched the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR), a patient-reported outcomes data collection system.
Using the M2S Pathways clinical data platform, OFAR will track clinical and patient-reported outcomes for most orthopedic foot and ankle conditions. Data collected through OFAR will allow providers to compare their performance with national benchmarks and provide insight into the effectiveness of orthopedic interventions. OFAR has established a research network and is collaborating with medical device companies and regulators to increase knowledge about existing and new devices and implants.
Patient data will be entered into the OFAR registry on a pilot basis beginning in mid-2017, with the network expected to expand to AOFAS members nationally by late 2017.