AAD's DataDerm™ FAQs

  • General

    Q: What is DataDerm? 
    A: DataDerm is an AAD-owned, nationwide clinical data registry developed by dermatologists, for dermatologists, to empower individual practitioners and the specialty with data. 

    Q: Why has the AAD created DataDerm? 
    A: Every day, data is being collected on dermatologists by payers, regulators, and pharmaceutical companies, and is being used without context to drive decisions about the specialty. This Academy-funded and owned platform is provided for members as the first step to taking medicine back into its own hands, ease the pain of reporting, and provide a private look at physicians with patient-level detail on how they measure up on applicable quality measures. 

    Q: What will DataDerm do at launch? 
    A: At launch, DataDerm will be able to: (1) Allow you to track performance on dermatology-specific or applicable measures against national benchmarks. (2) Demonstrate your quality of patient care and (3) Ease the MACRA reporting burden with electronic health record (EHR) integration.

    Q: Is DataDerm a risk adjustment tool for physician tiering? 
    A: DataDerm is not a risk adjustment tool for physician tiering, but it will provide users with a completely private look at their quality-level data for 35 separate assessments. You may use reports from DataDerm to demonstrate your quality and value to payers who contract with you. 

    Q: How can DataDerm be used for research? 
    A: DataDerm will provide users with their data for personal evaluation in quality care. In the future, DataDerm will have significant impact in developing severity scales, comparative effectiveness analyses, patient reported outcomes, advancing training in the field, supporting the AAD’s advocacy efforts, and minimizing the need for a quality improvement infrastructure. 

  • Enrollment and participation

    Q: How do I enroll or get started? 
    A: There are four steps to enrolling in DataDerm. Enroll now!

    Q: How will DataDerm impact my practice workflow? 
    A: It will feature both EHR integration and streamlined manual entry for your practice. Your personal DataDerm representative will work with you one-on-one to ensure a streamlined integration process and answer all of your questions.

    Q: Who can participate in DataDerm? 
    Initially, AAD members who are physicians, affiliates, fellows, and their non-physician clinicians who live and practice within the Unites States can participate.

    Q: How much does it cost to enroll in DataDerm? 
    A: The clinical data registry is an AAD member benefit. It is free to enroll, enter data, and analyze performance against national norms. If you report MIPS measures, you'll need to purchase the MIPS submission option

    Q: Can academic medical practices participate in DataDerm? 

    A: If your academic medical practice, health system, or other employed setting is interested in DataDerm participation, please contact us at dataderm@aad.org. We will provide you with more information and next steps for the beta test for academic medical centers.

    Q: Do all dermatologists in a practice need to participate in DataDerm? 
    A: Individual providers are eligible to participate with or without other dermatologists in their practice; however, participation of multiple providers will enable future additional features.

  • Data

    Q: What data do I have access to as a participant?
    A: Providers can take a private look at how they personally are performing on 35 dermatology-specific or applicable quality measures internally as well as against national norms. 

    Q: Is it necessary to have an EHR system to participate in DataDerm?
    A: The platform supports a streamlined manual entry option for those without an EHR system.

    Q: Will there be a fee to connect my EHR to DataDerm?
    A: The AAD charges no fees for DataDerm EHR integration. Your EHR vendor will provide guidance on resources and additional fees based on the way your data will be integrated.

    Q: Can DataDerm be used for MIPS reporting?
    A: Yes, DataDerm will streamline MIPS reporting with the MIPS submission option. Purchase the MIPS submission option.

    Q: In the past I reported PQRS quality measures through the AAD’s Quality Reporting System (QRS). How is this different?
    A: DataDerm provides EHR-facilitated data collection to streamline reporting and minimize your practice’s administrative burden. There is also a more streamlined process for paper-based practices.

    Q: What PQRS measures will DataDerm contain?
    A: Nine of the 35 dermatology-specific and applicable measures are PQRS eligible to provide numerous options for users to measure and report. For 2016 PQRS you will need to report on nine measures.

  • Security and privacy

    Q: Who will have access to my data? 
    A: Only users will have access to their own identifiable individual information. You can't see colleagues' data and they can't see yours.

    Q: How will the data I record in DataDerm be used by the AAD?
    A: The Academy will use only de-identified, aggregate data and will not analyze, report, or sell patient or provider identifiable data.

    Q: Can I share my data with others?
    A: Users are welcome to use their data to help improve and promote their practice.

    Q: Can my staff see my data if I don’t want them to? 
    A: Physicians alone will have access to individually identifiable data. No one may see your individual data without your permission. 

    Q: Can my employer see my data? 
    A: Physicians alone will have access to their own individual identifiable data. However, if desired, practices can opt for additional features that permit practice-specific comparisons.