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QOD puts data collection in the hands of neurosurgeons to provide meaningful data

that will assist doctors in helping patients make the best decisions about their

treatment options, and Dr. Bydon has served as a contributor on several of the QOD’s

manuscripts and analyses, including spine predictive models, return to work and 3-

and 12-month outcomes.

QOD’s primary purpose is to provide highly reliable, quality information on which

interventions provide benefit for specific subsets of patients. This helps give control of

care back to patients while helping physicians provide the best care advice. “Surgeons

should utilize data to improve patient care, develop alternative treatments and

better define how patients will benefit from treatment,” said Dr. Bydon. “There is a

tremendous benefit to giving doctors control of this data, and combining this data with

input from surgeons’ practical expertise enables appropriate policy reform,” he added.

When asked what the future holds for QOD, Dr. Bydon responded, “QOD is different

from the existing regulatory and administrative databases; it is a surgical registry

whose goals are aligned with the practice of surgery and patient care.”

Dr. Bydon serves as the AANS/CNS Spine Section Liaison to the NPA Board of Directors

for 2016-2017 and is also one of AANS’ members on the AANS-AAPM&R Joint Spine

Registry Task Force, which is developing a business model for a joint registry project.