New GSJ Special Issue from AO Spine NA: Predictive Analytics & Cost Modeling in Spine Surgery

Read how big data in spine care is helping surgeons find value in clinical decision-making

26 April 2021


We are pleased to announce the release of the Global Spine Journal’s newest special issue supplement, Predictive Analytics & Cost Modeling in Spine Surgery. The creation of this special issue was led by Dan Sciubba and sponsored by AO Spine North America.

“The use of big data in spine care is essential. Predictive analytics, patient-specific outcome calculators, and cost-modeling will help inform patients and providers on what is most likely to happen and how much value can be provided as we make tough clinical decisions,” Sciubba says of this issue’s topic.

Predictive Analytics & Cost Modeling in Spine Surgery addresses problems related to the increasing costs of spinal surgery, including the conflict between reducing costs and maintaining the value of care. As Sciubba writes in the guest editorial, “value is directly related to the technical or clinical benefit provided to the patient, often vaguely described as clinical outcome.”

The special issue is divided into two parts. The first portion is devoted to cost containment and defining value within spine care, with articles covering current compensation models in spine surgery and current evidence for various spine technologies. The issue’s second part addresses disease and surgery-specific predictive tools for spine surgery patients.

In the background of ongoing concerns about healthcare spending and value-based compensation, investigation into these topics is likely to continue. We hope that the present issue can serve as a starting point for those that are interested in the topic.

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