The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Verana Health Launch Verana Practice Insights to Innovate Patient Care

Harnessing the IRIS® Registry’s Vast Clinical Database, Verana Practice Insights Enables Physicians to Benchmark Individual Clinical Care Patterns Against Aggregate Practice Trends Across the U.S.

San Francisco, California, September 4, 2019 – The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Verana Health today announced the launch of Verana Practice Insights, a powerful new tool that enables physicians to improve patient outcomes and provide better care through critical data insights and trends procured from the largest specialty clinical database in medicine—the American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research In Sight). 

Verana Practice Insights gathers key data from the IRIS Registry to provide ophthalmologists with a de-identified aggregate view of physician practice trends, patient diagnoses, and interventions across the United States. Furthermore, the Verana Practice Insights software enables IRIS Registry participants to benchmark their individual clinical care patterns relative to a cohort of their peers. 

In October, Verana Health is offering member-only early access to physicians who pre-register for Verana Practice Insights. Verana Practice Insights will initially provide clinical trends related to cataract surgery and soon will include enhancements that leverage Verana’s advanced analytics and natural language text processing to provide more detailed information on practice treatment trends. In 2020, Verana Practice Insights will expand to include additional indications such as glaucoma and retinal conditions.

“Since its launch in 2013, the IRIS Registry has transformed the profession of ophthalmology and has proven to be incredibly valuable to Academy member physicians and patients alike. The Registry has improved the quality of care by accelerating the adoption of best practices and technologies, while facilitating quality reporting,” said David W. Parke, II, MD, CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The launch of Verana Practice Insights further enhances the Registry’s offering and value, becoming an important vehicle for clinical benchmarking and quality improvement. We look forward to working with Verana Health on this initiative to enhance the quality of care for our patients. We call on all IRIS Registry participants to enroll to ensure they can benefit from these insights.”

“As a committed partner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, we’re excited to be launching Verana Practice Insights for physician members of the IRIS Registry,” said Miki Kapoor, CEO of Verana Health. “The IRIS Registry holds a wealth of information that enables us to better understand the experiences of millions of ophthalmology patients. By applying analytics to this real-world clinical data, Verana Health enhances evidence generation and provides a much deeper understanding of patient conditions and treatment options. Verana Practice Insights organizes the vast amount of knowledge found in the IRIS Registry into clear, actionable insights that enable physicians to benchmark themselves against best practices and ensure that they are providing the highest quality of patient care.”

Physicians can also learn more about Verana Practice Insights at AAO 2019 by registering for the AAO course “Member Value Tools From the IRIS Registry and Verana Health: How to Improve Your Practice” or attending the Technology Pavilion presentation “Big Data, Better Insights: How the IRIS Registry and Verana are Transforming Practice Intelligence.”

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit

About Verana Health

Verana Health is a technology company assembling the largest clinical databases in medicine. Verana Health utilizes this real-world data to derive clinical and business insights for physicians and life science companies through its regulatory-grade data platform. By activating this vast amount of data, Verana Health can learn from the collective experience of millions of individual patients to empower physicians and accelerate research for patients. Learn more at

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