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Bringing OrthoWave to Asia and Pacific Areas: The OW2GO project

Sunday 13 March 2016

 

 

Toward a Set Up of National Registries in Asia-Pacific Countries Upon Orthopaedic Implants within the Aegis of APAC-Med: the OrthoWave Proposal

APAC: ASIA PACIFIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION

Health care and its many complexities are changing weekly, if not daily all over the world, and in particular in Asia and Pacific countries. As a moving target, each National health care system and what it will be in 2 years or 10 years is difficult to predict based upon a number of variables, the vast majority over which we have little control. However, one underlying theme has and always will be constant in medicine: the need to understand if our treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, actually work. And, if they do not, we must ask, “Why not?”. Providing answers makes not only scientific sense but pragmatic and economic sense as well. Answering this question meaningfully with respect to specific treatments is the crux of the matter; the proper application of software, hardware, and relational databases when properly designed and understood by its users can help us in evaluating complex issues surrounding the answers to this critical question.

The mission of APACMed is to improve the standards of care through innovative collaborations among stakeholders to jointly shape the future of healthcare in Asia Pacific. Based upon this very enthusiastic means of “shaping the future of healthcare”, we would like to introduce our computerized outcomes studies tool, the OrthoWave™ on line software suite (ARIA Ltd, Houdain, France) which would be able after 20 years of successful use in Europe, to bring a consistent, proven, and efficient mechanism to the Asia-Pacific countries in an attempt to harness the complexities of outcomes research by focusing on orthopaedic implants placed in extremities of patients at a rate and volume known to no other registry in the world.
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Monitored Databases MDB, the third pillar of OrthoWave

Saturday 22 May 2010

As previously reported, OrthoWave aims to afford a consistent integrated computerized tool, covering all clinical and radiological outcomes in Orthopaedics, with regards mainly to Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, and soon with addition of other modules such as Shoulder, Knee Ligaments, Spine, …. The current architecture of the software addressed in fact the so-called “post-marketing” studies and publishing about personal series (”regular” data bases as RDBs) or within the frame of multicenter studies (anonymized “scientific” so called SDBs databases). It became obvious that this organization cannot specifically tailor the strict needs and recommendations devoted to the “monitored” clinical studies carried out by Clinical Affairs departments of Devices Manufacturers, and namely with respect to the so-called “pre-marketing” studies

Thus the MDBs (i.e. Monitored Data Bases) were born, which will constitute, in addition to the “Regular” Data Bases RDBs and anonymized “Scientific” Data Bases SDBs, the “Third Pillar” of the OrthoWave Outcome Study Suite. These MDBs are currently on duty, and the following lines will define again rationale, principles and running of these monitored databases, as well as dynamic links and interaction between these MDBs and the “regular” databases RDBs from which CRFs (Clinical Record Forms) have been recorded, under the global OrthoWave architecture and organization. By the way, a set of devoted tutorials will allow for highlighting the various steps of creation, settings, customization and use of these MDBs…

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The Monitored Databases MDB: a new critical asset for OrthoWave

Thursday 24 December 2009


OrthoWave aims to afford a consistent integrated computerized tool, covering all clinical and radiological outcomes in Orthopaedics, with respect to Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, and soon with addition of other modules such as Shoulder, Knee Ligaments, Spine, …). The current architecture of the software mainly addresses the so-called “post-marketing” studies and publishing about personal series (“regular” data bases as RDBs) or in the frame of multicenter studies (anonymized “scientific” so called SDBs databases). It became obvious that this organization cannot specifically tailor the strict needs and recommendations devoted to the “monitored” clinical studies carried out by Clinical Affairs departments of Devices Manufacturers, and namely with respect to the so-called “pre-marketing” studies.

Obviously, it becomes necessary to complete nowadays the existing architecture of OrthoWave, while taking advantage of the already available advanced routines (namely through the Ajax secured web-based platform), in order to tailor the specifications as requested by the Clinical Affairs Departments (CADs), while reducing at the most costs of development by taking advantage of the existing OrthoWave architecture.

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The OrthoWave Shoulder module is in the pipe

Saturday 8 August 2009



OrthoWave has been designed from the very beginning as a gold-standard software of outcomes studies and evaluation in Orthopaedics, which means that it must allow for analyses in all domains of Orthopaedics. Of course the two main modules regarded the Hip and Knee Arthroplasty ones, and hence we have been continuously working during the past 12 years to settle a computer system allowing for covering (almost?) all needs and expectations of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Clinical Research Persons in the realm of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, so as to be able later on to adapt them to other domains in Orthopaedics.

The OrthoWave Computer System currently available can right now lead to development of other modules, and namely the Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA) and Knee Ligaments Injuries (KLI), while waiting for Spine, Ankle Replacement, or any other type of Surgery within the realm of “Evidence-based Medicine”…

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Rome has not been erected in a single day !

Monday 3 November 2008

We have been working hard for the past six months to check the various sides of the software suite, dig out the potential improvements, and feature new developments and functionalities… Here we are today with the abilities of auto-updates that prevent from tedious repetitive downloads. It has been particularly challenging with the Macintosh platform, to deal with the secret hidden specs of Tiger vs Leopard and vice versa… It’s working fine nowadays and we have to thank our Mac users for their patience, being said that we have never thought about leaving them on the side of the road!…

Koen de Smet, M.D.

One other question has risen up about the speed of connection and display of windows whilst on line… In particular the tests on real time with the huge and complex Dr Koen De Smet’s V5 database transferred to V6 with about 5000 patients, including thousands of images have led us improving the software regarding some directions…

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