Data Driven Decision Making: Using Registries

Data driven decision making is changing as a result of the unsustainable cost of health care, lack of access and increasing health care disparities. This course is intended to build an understanding of registries, using data to improve population health, engage patients and deliver person center care while addressing population needs. The course will examine how registries are a collection of patient health information, usually organized around a chronic disease, particular intervention, lifestyle, or condition. Quality improvement examples will be used throughout the units to aid practices in registry use, and preparing for new models of populations management tools.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this module:

  • Describe a patient registry and its use in driving data based decision making
  • Understand how to build, use and maintain a registry
  • Understand the importance of process and outcome measurement at the patient and population level
  • Describe how to use your registry to monitor and track testing
  • Develop a process to identify patient risk level using a patient registry
  • Share practice performance using your registry

Intended Audience:  Practice providers, practice staff, and practice administrators and various other health care related fields

Module Structure: This learning module is self-paced in structure and you can work through the materials at your own pace. Estimated time to complete will be 1 hour.  The module will consist of an introduction and 4 units and will contain the following elements:

  • Hyperlinks to readings, videos, web resources and tools
  • Video lessons

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour (1 hours for those seeking CME credits)
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Table of Contents:

  • Course Introduction (Orientation)
  • Test Your Knowledge (Pre-Test)
  • Unit 1: Registries and Data Based Decision Making
  • Unit 2: Understand How to Build, Use, and Maintain a Regisrty
  • Unit 3: Measurement at the Patient and Population Level
  • Unit 4: Using Data to Share and Celebrate Performance
  • Course Wrap Up (Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Completion Statement)

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit.

Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After you confirm to completing the entire learning module and have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, your certificate of completion for CME credits will be generated and available for you for download.
  • Download and print your certificate of completion and CME Documentation Form.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Amy Miller, BSHA/M (Course Designer)
Program Specialist

Marcy Doyle, MS, MHS, RN, CNL (Presenter)
Project Director
Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Chris Drew, MBA (Faculty)
Chief Information Officer
Seacoast Mental Health Center


Contact Information:
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