A registry is an organized system for collecting real-world observational patient data. The goal of a registry is to understand what happens to a particular population of patients defined by a disease or condition (e.g. Charcot foot changes of diabetes), a treatment (e.g. certain procedures), or specialty like podiatry.
Registries serve many valuable purposes including:
The field of podiatric medicine has a unique need for registry data because federally funded clinical research is miniscule in relation to the impact of the diseases treated by physicians.
The U.S. Podiatry Registry is a low cost but scientifically valid way for every practicing physician to advance both science and patient care, while meeting Medicare mandates for data reporting under new healthcare legislation.