Under the auspices of EUROSPINE
and in cooperation with the Swiss RDL - medical Registries and Data Linkage
(former IEFM) at the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Bern in Switzerland Spine Tango was installed in November 2002. Since then the system was enhanced in an evolutionary process based on the communication of physicians, the institute and industry.
Permanent innovations in spinal surgery demand continuous documentation assessing the efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness of the new techniques and technologies. An outstanding base for fulfilling these demands is the international Spine Registry - Spine Tango
. The growing number of Spine Tango participants indicates the success of the system that has always been a non-commercial academic project.
Spine Tango is hosted on MEMdoc
. For further information go to: www.swissRDL.unibe.ch
Spine Tango's IT and security structure
is based on the distributed server concept consisting of a network of national modules, each module serving as own database having only demographic data of patients on it. Anonymous medical data are stored on a central database at the University of Bern. This setup is fulfilling highest possible security standards.
Data can be submitted web-based
and real-time via 128-bit encryption or on forms
read by optical mark readers. Online statistics
allow benchmarking on clinic, national and international levels.
The International, Austrian, Australian, Belgian, Italian, PanAmerican, Polish, Swiss and UK Spine Tango Modules
are currently operational. There is also a demo module available.
For further information feel free to contact your Spine Tango supportAndreas Boss, PhD