Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized healthcare leader committed to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide.
To achieve its aims, SRC developed a proven methodology that involves two interdependent initiatives: a rigorous center of excellence (COE) program and a central outcomes database. Together, these two elements offer measurable quality improvements for surgeons, facilities and patients.
While the organization’s heritage is in bariatric surgery, SRC now offers COE programs and health information technologies to other surgical specialties like minimally invasive gynecology.
COE Programs: The Global Standard for High-Quality Surgical Care
SRC develops and administers best-in-class center of excellence (COE) programs for surgeons, hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities throughout the world. The COE programs that SRC manages are either administered on behalf of professional societies or endorsed by a specialty’s medical association. SRC’s oversight ensures that the programs are free of bias and participant confidentiality is protected.
The COE programs are focused on improving the safety and quality of patient care, and lowering the overall costs associated with successful treatment. Data from program participants is being used to determine which treatments work best for which patients under which circumstances. This information will enable clinicians, patients, payors and policymakers to make informed decisions that will improve healthcare at the individual level and for each specialty’s patient population as a whole.
More than 800 surgeons and 450 facilities around the world are currently designated through COE programs that SRC administers. As the programs grow, the global networks of excellence they create will spur improvements in overall patient care, patient referrals, data exchange and collaborative clinical research.
Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
SRC administers four COE programs for the bariatric and metabolic surgical specialty.
SRC created the International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery™ (ICE™) program to evaluate bariatric surgeons and hospitals around the world. Leading bariatric surgeons in Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific govern the ICE program in their respective regions. SRC also manages bariatric COE programs on behalf of the world’s fastest-growing and emerging professional societies:
- The Brazilian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (SBCBM) (http://www NULL.sbcb NULL.org NULL.br/)
- The Mexican College for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (CMCOEM) (http://www NULL.cmcoem NULL.org/)
- The Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of India (OSSI) (http://www NULL.obesity-india NULL.com/)
Minimally Invasive Gynecology
SRC administers the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program for medical facilities on behalf of the AAGL (http://www NULL.aagl NULL.org), the world’s largest professional society for the specialty. The COEMIG designation delivers on the society’s commitment to advance minimally invasive gynecology worldwide.
BOLD™: World-Class Data for Evidence-Based Medicine
Ongoing data collection is integral to the success of all COE programs. That’s why SRC developed BOLD, its proprietary longitudinal outcomes database, to help ensure ongoing compliance with the COE programs it administers and support outcomes-based medicine that will safeguard each specialty’s future. BOLD data also guides the evolution of COE program standards.
BOLD provides participating surgeons with real-time access to individual patient information that supports clinical decisions. Aggregate reports also enable providers to compare their individual outcomes to benchmark data and assess their approach to care.
When combined with SRC’s network of designated COE surgeons and the database’s patient registry capabilities, BOLD offers researchers an unmatched infrastructure for clinical studies. SRC works with investigators to design studies focused on a specific question and/or facilitate multi-arm studies incorporating BOLD’s modular design.
Ultimately, BOLD will be most beneficial to surgery patients, as healthcare providers will use its data to determine the most effective procedures and most appropriate care for each patient. Over time, aggregate data could also prove pivotal in a specialty’s payor advocacy efforts.
In 2007, SRC established its first BOLD database for the bariatric surgery specialty. Today, it’s the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient information, with data from more than 500,000 patients. Learn more about BOLD