Alabama Trauma Registry
The Alabama Trauma Registry (ATR) is a system that supports the collection, storage, and subsequent analysis of trauma-related data on a statewide level. Head and spinal cord data is collected from all Alabama hospitals. The Alabama Head and Spinal Cord injury Registry (AHSCIR), Act 98-611, is a law that requires Alabama hospitals to submit data related specifically to head and/or spinal cord injury patients. Alabama Trauma System (ATS) data is collected from all hospitals that participate in the ATS. Data submitted by hospitals is entered directly into Web Collector or uploaded from individual and potential disparate trauma registry systems into a centralized database at the ADPH Office of EMS. The information gained from this data will serve two general purposes:
- To expedite and help secure resource availability to trauma patients, especially those who have received debilitating injuries. This is done by linking patients with rehabilitation services.
- To improve on the current trauma system through data research and analysis.
More specifically, the second purpose is aimed at generating information related to external causes, injury severity, utilization/performance of protective equipment, treatment modalities and outcomes research. These data will further provide statewide information on the magnitude of traffic-related injuries and illustrate disparities among different segments of Alabama’s population. Pilot testing and initial data collection from trauma centers began in fiscal year 2000.
ATR System Upgrade
The Alabama Trauma Registry will be upgraded from Digital Innovation’s (DI) online Version 4 (V4) to Gen6. All 2019 trauma data should be entered into the current system, as required. The information is needed for Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services referrals and for the next annual report. The current version will remain active for data entry for a limited time to allow for the 90- day reporting requirement.
Trauma cases with ED arrival dates from January 1, 2020, and later should be entered into Gen6.
Online training for Gen6 will be provided. As soon as a training date and time is confirmed, additional details will be provided. All hospitals should have a representative participate in the online training.
Please monitor the message of the day area in the registry and this web page for more information.
In January of 2020, the on-line version of the Alabama Trauma Registry (ATR) will be upgraded from Version 4 (V4) to Gen 6. The upgrade is required because Adobe Flash will no longer support the current system. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) will continue to provide access to the on-line version of the ATR at no cost to hospitals. ADPH will host four WebEX conference calls (dates and times are listed below) to provide additional information about the upgrade.
Hospital trauma registry staff, trauma managers, medical records staff, or whomever is responsible to report data into the ATR for the Alabama Head and Spinal Cord Injuries and/or the Alabama Trauma System are invited to participate. Participation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended that each hospital participate in one of the calls.
We are working with Digital Innovations to schedule a date in January for them to conduct Gen 6 training. Please note trauma cases with an ED Arrival date after 12/31/2019, should not be entered into the current (V4) registry.
Calls are scheduled for:
- Wednesday December 11, 11:00 am
- Wednesday, December 11, 2:00 pm
- Monday, December 16, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, December 19, 9:00 am
Webex call-in information:
Host: Alice Floyd
Access Code: 805 004 045
The ATR now has a new brochure to offer information for partners and stakeholders.
Page last updated: December 6, 2019