Lahey Hospital & Medical Center launched the Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute (CERI) to better assess quality and effectiveness of medical care interventions.

CERI has been charged with identifying differences in effectiveness for a wide range of medical conditions through the targeted assessment of outcome, disease cure, quantity and quality of life, patient satisfaction, and healthcare value.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is the first hospital in the Boston area that maintains a Spine Registry to track and publicly share outcomes data. Outcomes for our spinal fusion and spinal deformity correction patients are measured and placed in our registry.

This data:

  • Helps us understand the effectiveness of our spine care treatment
  • Allow us to develop evidence-based information about the risks and benefits of spinal fusions
  • Guides our research in the area of spinal fusions
  • Provides valuable information on surgical outcomes to patients considering spinal surgery

Our ultimate goal in collecting this data is to help improve the neurological outcomes, functional ability and quality of life for each patient who comes to us for care.

Highlights of Our Post-Surgery Outcomes

Post-surgery outcomes recorded in our Spinal Fusion (Lumbar Fusion) registry show that infections and the need for reoperations at Lahey are very low:

  • Lahey’s 30-day infection rate: less than 1% (about half of the national average)
  • Lahey’s 30-day reoperation rate: less than 1%
  • Lahey’s 1-year reoperation rate: 0.04%

See details on our Outcomes Registry