Arkansas Stroke Registry 

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Benefits

Benefits hospitals receive for participating in the Arkansas Stroke Registry include:

  • Optimize Outcomes for Stroke Patients. In February 2011, the CDC published a 5-year study showing significant improvements in stroke care quality measures from those hospitals participating in stroke registries. For example, ischemic in-patient defect-free care improved an average of 85%. Joining the Arkansas Stroke Registry provides an opportunity to receive specific data for your hospital to help optimize stroke patient outcomes. 
  • Acquire Best Practices. You will be connected to other hospitals and conferences, meetings, and educational opportunities relative to optimizing the quality of stroke care. This offers a clearinghouse for protocols, clinical pathways, best practices and other tools to help your hospital facilitate patient care.
  • Gain Competitive Edge. You can qualify for the American Heart Association Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards while being eligible to be honored at national recognition events.  This includes being listed by name in advertisements that appear annually in Stroke and in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. This helps hone a competitive edge in the marketplace by providing patients and stakeholders with tangible evidence of the commitment to optimizing quality patient care.
  • Benchmark Performance. Compare your performance measure data to other Arkansas hospitals participating in the Arkansas Stroke Registry (in aggregate; a hospital's individual data is kept private) and hospitals nationwide.
  • Prepare for Joint Commission Certification. By participating in the stroke registry, you will have the opportunity to track the required measures needed should you wish to receive the Joint Commission's certification as a Primary Stroke Center. This signals to our community that the quality of care you provide meets the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
  • Comply for “Meaningful Use.”  The HITECH Act portion of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) authorizes incentive payments to hospitals for the “Meaningful Use” of health care data.  The qualification for “Meaningful Use” is facilitated by participating in the Arkansas Stroke Registry.
  • Impact Policy Decisions. Association with our state Stroke Registry Program will have an impact on future policy decisions on acute stroke patient care.