AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry

Launched in 2018, the AAOS Board of Directors through its Registry Oversight Committee, chose shoulder and elbow to be the next anatomical area to expand into the Registry Program. Working in collaboration with the specialty societies, the Academy created this Registry to collect shoulder and elbow procedural data in the U.S. in order to establish survivor curves, track revisions, and improve the quality of care for all patients. 

There are more than 750,000 shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, and total elbow arthroplasty surgeries performed in the United States each year. An evidence-based registry, like AAOS’ Shoulder & Elbow Registry, is a cost-effective way to benchmark risk-adjusted data, and provide greater context to patient outcomes comparisons. Identifying improvement needs can potentially mitigate surgical revisions which could lead to millions of dollars in stakeholder savings annually. 


SER Participation Benefits 
Participating in SER can provide access to local, regional, and national data. Re-use of Registry data has value to certifying bodies, quality reporting, device surveillance, reimbursement, and quality measurement efforts. Some re-use examples include, but are not limited to: calculating national performance benchmarks, access to on-demand, practice-specific quality reports and dashboards, monitoring outcomes with longitudinal patient information, reducing complications and revision rates across sites, surveillance alerts for poorly performing implants, support for quality initiatives and payer incentivized quality initiatives, and improving data to support orthopaedic care and best practices.

For more information about SER participation, download About AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry.


Subscription Access to RegistryInsights®
Accessing your data in the Registry requires a subscription to our RegistryInsights® platform. With this subscription, an Authorized User at your site will receive a username and password that grants them access to your data stored in the Registry. 

Users logging into RegistryInsights will be directed to a Registry selection page, where available registries are listed within the Registry Program. Registries that participants are involved with will be listed under “My Registries.” Subscribers may access dashboards for registries they are participating in.

Additionally, your data submitters will have permission rights to view and, if needed, correct submission errors. Authorized Users will have access to all the data submitted by your site, reports, and national benchmarks; and finally, if you choose to take advantage of our patient-reported outcome (PRO) Portal, you can assign someone to manage the process of electronically administering and distributing PROs.

Patient-reported Outcomes 
A patient-reported outcome is defined as any information on the outcome of health care obtained directly from patients without modification by clinicians or other health care professionals. It helps provide a 360-degree view of a patient’s healing. One of the ways RegistryInsights supports SER is by presenting patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) collected through a survey process. The survey captures the patient’s self-assessment of their health across a variety of parameters. It is an important tool used in PRO programs.


The Onboarding Process 
An AAOS Registry Support Specialist is assigned to work on your site’s Registry implementation. Sites can include integrated delivery systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and physician private practices. The first essential goal for any site is successful data submission and we will provide you with the knowledge and tools to get you there. Overall, you can expect to be up and functional within 60 business days. 


SER Data Specifications and Data Dictionary 
The SER collects data on shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, and elbow arthroplasty procedures. An overview of the data elements can be found here.


SER Leadership  
The SER Steering Committee includes representatives from:

  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
  • The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
  • Registry Program Public Advisory Board 


Enrolling is Easy   
Fill out the form in the link below and a Registry Engagement Associate will reach out to you to begin the contracting process. If you are a current AJRR participant, you will be able to subscribe to the shoulder arthroplasty module by executing a brief addendum. 

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For more information about AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Any questions about any AAOS Registry participation can be sent to RegistryEngagement@aaos.org or call (847) 292-0530.