The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Gulf Coast chapter meeting is available now on the UHMS CME portal. It includes a talk I gave on whether a registry could save the field of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). I became committed to the need for a registry 20 years ago when I was the UHMS president and it was obvious that in a decade or so, we would be hard pressed to maintain reimbursement for many indications since randomized controlled trials had never been performed.
I’m also providing a White Paper that the US Wound Registry created to explain how sources of bias can be managed in registries derived from electronic health records (EHRs). Direct transmission of data from EHRs could go a long way to saving the field, since they can be linked to healthcare costs (at least for Medicare patients). I’m sorry to say that we aren’t pursuing this as a field, but you can watch the presentation I gave and see if you think my explanation makes sense.