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01 July 2015
Dendrite and IFSO announce Global IFSO Registry

Dendrite Clinical Systems, in conjunction with the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), is pleased to announce that they have established a Global IFSO Registry.

“We are delighted that IFSO has chosen to work with Dendrite on this very exciting project,” said Dr Peter Walton, Managing Director of Dendrite Clinical Systems. “Following on from the success of IFSO Registry Pilot Project in 2014, we look forward to working with IFSO and member countries to create a unique global bariatric and metabolic surgical registry.”

“I am very pleased to announce that IFSO is ready to finalise the project of launching a Global IFSO Registry, following a successful pilot project,” said IFSO president, Professor Rudolph Weiner. “Our aim is to collect, merge and analyse data from national bariatric surgery registries from all IFSO member countries. This will increase knowledge about the status of bariatric surgery and will help us understand the nature, variations and inequalities of bariatric surgery care to help surgeons negotiate with healthcare providers, acquire appropriate resources and develop their practice.”

Data collection

Data collection for the Global IFSO Registry will be facilitated via Dendrite"s hybrid portals for direct "On-line data entry" and "Upload-My-Data" for online electronic submission.

"Our two data submission portals have clearly demonstrated that data from different countries, database systems and centres can be collected, merged and analysed, and the outcomes published," added Dr Walton. "This project will enable the IFSO community to create an international database for all bariatric and metabolic surgeons."

"On-line data entry" is an online database portal accessible over the Internet that enables surgeons/data managers to enter cases (with anonymised patient identifiers) using a simple on-line data form with just 4 pages of questions (typically takes just 3-4 minutes to complete per patient record).

The Dendrite team has also designed and created a dedicated "IFSO Upload-My-Data" web portal. This platform is a proven interface designed to enable a community of surgeons or physicians to create a national or international database; even if there are different database systems at the local level, the data from each can be integrated into the central, merged registry.

The platform has been successfully utilised in a number of other national and international registries (for cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery) and has been specifically tailored for the IFSO project to enable both individual centres and national registries to submit data in batches on-line.

“The IFSO Executive Board have taken the view that there is strength in a pan-global approach where responsibility is co-ordinated by the surgical community through IFSO and the national societies. We have carefully selected Dendrite Clinical Systems as our data management partner to build the central registry and provide the data merging, the data analysis tools and reporting systems as they have extensive experience in establishing this process for national and international registries in many other specialities. Dendrite has already helped the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society to set up a very successful bariatric surgery registry in the UK. I would like to encourage individual surgeons and all national societies to really embrace this project.”