Executive Report  |   November 2015
AQI Future Stays Strong in Time of Transition
Author Affiliations
  • Roger A. Moore, M.D.
    AQI Board of Directors
  • Lance Mueller
    AQI Director of Operations
Article Information
Quality Improvement / Executive Report
Executive Report   |   November 2015
AQI Future Stays Strong in Time of Transition
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 8-35.
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 8-35.
The following is an update on the activities of the Anesthesia Quality Institute, which has become one of the most important data repositories not just in anesthesiology, but in all of medicine. We’ve recently welcomed DeLaine Schmitz as the new ASA executive, and ASA looks forward to continuing a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the AQI in the coming years.
The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) celebrates its sixth year as an organization this year. During these six years, the AQI has grown rapidly as it has innovated new approaches for becoming the primary repository of anesthesia clinical information in the world. In August, AQI surpassed 30 million reported cases and nearly 6 billion data points in its National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) Participant User File (PUF) – the NACOR research dataset. AQI has nearly 600 practices signed up into NACOR and close to 5,000 facilities. Approximately 23,000 physician anesthesiologists are now members of AQI, with nearly 50,000 providers overall. AQI’s vision is to be the primary source of information for local quality improvement in the clinical practice of anesthesiology, the primary registry for providing government-required quality reports for reimbursement, and a vital force in discovering best practices for improving patient outcomes and safety. More than 22 research papers were published this past year, based on mining of the AQI databases. Such research provides areas in need of improved anesthesia education that, in combination with the individual quality feedback, will improve the quality of care for our patients and lower adverse patient outcomes.
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