The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. One of the opportunities they provide is the chance for AAFPRS volunteer surgeons to operate on thousands of patients worldwide, particularly children. Using Inmagic Presto, they capture and track patient information and outcomes, and support research grant submissions with data.
Per the Academy, “In the United States and abroad, AAFPRS surgeons provide pro bono care to those who suffer from facial deformities …the FACE TO FACE program offers individuals the opportunity to overcome the physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control – deformities at birth, domestic violence, and war. AAFPRS surgeons use their expertise to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck.” In order to secure funding and support growth by increasing the number of research grants, the AAFPRS must be able to capture and analyze information on patients internationally and domestically. Prior to the development of their FACE TO FACE database, there were only a few paper records; nothing else was captured or analyzed—so there was no history, very few accurate records and no quantifiable information.
Using Inmagic Presto and DB/TextWorks, the Academy now offers a secure, comprehensive patient information database that allows volunteer surgeons to easily enter data, even while in the field—and call up patient histories and other information within seconds. They often see the same patients over a period of years, and the data enables them to provide the best possible care, with no time wasted. Many consider this a good example of knowledge management in action.
AAFPRS’ usage of Inmagic Presto to build the FACE TO FACE database shows the flexibility and breadth of the application. Most powerfully, the volunteer surgeons and their teams leverage the FACE to FACE database in very innovative ways to document patient data and outcomes, building their skills and knowledge along the way, and fulfilling their vision of providing humanitarian aid to those most in need.
We invite you to learn more about the many ways The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) leverages Inmagic Presto. Read the full AAFPRS success story here.
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