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NPA CHAIR’S MESSAGE

NEUROPOINT ALLIANCE:

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE NUMBERS

The NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6)

corporation that was created to oversee and coordinate a variety of

projects involving the acquisition, analysis and reporting of clinical

data affecting neurosurgical practice. NPA also serves as a resource

for neurosurgeons and others who want to performmulticenter

clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance of neurosurgical

devices. NPA’s present projects include an industry-sponsored

registry for stereotactic radiosurgery, investigator initiated multicenter trials of EC-IC bypass

procedures, management of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and the well-established Quality

Outcomes Database (QOD) projects in spine and cerebrovascular surgery.

Recent and developing NPA initiatives include a partnership with the American Academy

of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) to create a spine care registry,

collaboration with movement disorder neurologists and industry to create a deep brain

stimulator registry, a joint project with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that

will utilize data from our QOD-Spine Surgery registries to improve the quality of spine

surgery and partnering with the FDA and the Society of Neuro Interventional Surgery

(SNIS) to create a post-marketing surveillance registry for clot retrieval devices used in

the care of acute, ischemic stroke patients.

NPA also works closely with other neurosurgical organizations, including the American

Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS),

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), the Journal of Neurosurgery

Publishing Group (JNSPG), Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and the Spine

Section – all of whom have representatives on our Board of Directors. NPA has become

neurosurgery’s data management organization, and we can be very proud of its

accomplishments. The NPA is recognized by neurosurgeons, other physicians, hospitals,

payors, industry leaders and federal agencies as an essential organization for improving

the quality of patient care.

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS

2015-2016 NPA Chair