Using Computerized Registries in Chronic Disease Care

First Consulting Group

This report provides an overview of the function and use of computerized disease registries and outlines issues for consideration in obtaining registry software and integrating registry products into the routine work of the physician practice.

February 2004

Computerized disease registries are affordable and practical systems for physicians who seek to improve chronic care. This report examines disease registries, which are systems that track and manage disease-specific information for individual patients and populations. According to the authors, a registry is more affordable than an electronic medical record (EMR) system and is an effective tool for improving management of chronic conditions.

The report provides an overview of the functions of computerized disease registries and outlines issues for consideration in obtaining registry software and integrating registry products into the routine work of the physician practice. This information is intended to help physicians, clinics, and medical groups conduct their own assessments of registry tools.

An addendum provides details on the experiences of the organizations profiled in the report.