SpineOnline™

The Foundation has launched one of the most ambitious and innovative treatment outcome projects to date. SpineOnline is a nationwide, multi-centered technology project to prove the effectiveness of spinal treatment options. Through SpineOnline, NSHF intends to compile the definitive collection of provider and patient reported treatment outcomes. SpineOnline enables treatment options to be evaluated using both physician and patient reported outcomes. This unique approach will allow us to uniformly collect information about spine treatments and their applications and prove which treatments are the most effective and result in the best possible patient outcomes.

“In spinemedicine, we’ve moved to using the patient’s own reports of their improvemnet and function, quality of life as the priamry metric of the success of an intervention. While this is true across orthopaedics, spine has been the leader in utilizing that concentration on the patient in terms of judigng the value of different interventions.” 

-Dr. Steve Glassman, Norton Leatherman Spine Center

Through the use of computers, tablets, and mobile devices, patients and physicians across the country complete a series of confidential questionnaires. These questionnaires will follow the patient’s progress throughout their treatment and recovery process.

SpineOnline allows medical providers across the United States to contribute to and access de-identified patient outcomes. This places solid data regarding treatment options in the hands of physicians. Recording the outcomes, both from the physician and patient perspective, is instrumental in evaluating the effectiveness of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, patient recovery times, and patient reported outcomes.

SpineOnline aids physicians with quality improvement and allows them to provide an accurate prognosis based on a pool of patients sharing similar qualifiers. The ability to definitively quantify and manage expectations will improve their patient’s understanding of their health status, empowering them to take an active role in their health care, become self-advocates, and communicate effectively with their health care team. A better perspective on patient outcomes will not only fuel innovations and drive invaluable research, but will shape the future of spine care.

Our Goals:

  • Increase access to care
  • Drive innovation
  • Prove the effectiveness of both surgical and non-surgical treatments
  • Improve perspective on patient outcomes
  • Address patient anxiety and uncertainty associated with treatment

If you would like to learn more, contribute, or access SpineOnline, please contact us today.