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Verana Trial Connect Frequently Asked Questions

About The American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry and Verana Health

What is the IRIS Registry? 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight) is the nation’s first comprehensive eye disease clinical registry. It is a centralized data repository and reporting tool that compiles and processes data from electronic health records and other sources, and was developed to advance patient care, accelerate clinical discovery, and streamline federal quality reporting. You can learn more about the IRIS Registry by visiting the Academy website

Who is Verana Health?

Verana Health is the end-to-end data and technology partner for the IRIS Registry. Verana delivers on the promise of the IRIS Registry by utilizing the real-world clinical data found in the registry to derive clinical and business insights that enable practices to advance research and access critical information that can be used to improve patient care. 

What was the Academy’s role in the development of Verana’s solutions, including Verana Trial Connect?

The Academy has partnered with Verana to apply analytics to the IRIS Registry and realize the vision of the registry to advance innovation and patient care with data insights. The Academy was involved in every step in the conceptualization and development of Verana Trial Connect.

About Verana Trial Connect

What is Verana Trial Connect?

Verana Trial Connect is a powerful cloud-based application that leverages data in the IRIS Registry to facilitate physician awareness of certain clinical trial opportunities and provide physicians and trial investigators a curated list of their own practice patients that may qualify for trials offered on the platform. Practices contributing to the IRIS Registry may be eligible for this tool.

For Physicians

How does Verana Trial Connect help patients with rare conditions? 

Verana Trial Connect provides physicians with a curated list of their own practice patients that may qualify for an inherited retinal disease trial offered on the platform. Qualifying patients can be referred for no-cost genetic testing and counseling through the application, with the goal of determining the genetic basis of disease and further assessing trial eligibility. Eligible patients may have the option to participate in the clinical trial and will be reimbursed by the sponsor for any travel expenses related to trial participation.

For Trial Investigators

How does Verana Trial Connect help me recruit patients for clinical trials?

Verana Trial Connect streamlines patient recruitment and engagement for certain clinical trials by enabling investigators to identify patients in their own practice with high potential for study recruitment based on trial inclusion and exclusion criteria. Only you will have access to your data, patient list, and patient information, and only you will be able to communicate directly with your patients.

Data Privacy

Why does Verana have access to my EHR data?

Physicians and practices work with the Academy to contribute their EHR data to the IRIS Registry. Verana operates as a business associate that assists these registries by improving data quality and de-identifying the data. The anonymized data is used to create the Verana Health data platform, which uses only de-identified data to perform research and analytics. Under HIPAA, healthcare providers, as covered entities, may share PHI with partners, in this case the Academy via the IRIS Registry, for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations (“TPO”).

Where is the data stored?

All data used for Verana Trial Connect are stored securely in HIPAA-compliant cloud servers.

As a physician using Verana Trial Connect, who will be able to see my data?

Only you will be able to see your data and patient list. Your personal data and that of your patients are not shared with any outside entity without your express consent.

Who can see my patients’ information? 

Only you have access to the information of your patients. Verana Health does not communicate directly with your patients. The genetic counseling provider will receive patient information and contact your patients only upon your referral and your confirmation of patient consent. 

How can I learn more about Verana’s patient privacy policies?

Learn more at www.veranahealth.com/patient-privacy.


What are the costs related to participation? 

There are no costs related to participating in this program for you or your patients. All costs related to this program are covered by the trial sponsor. 

Once I have a Verana Trial Connect account, how do I learn more about the clinical trial I am participating in?

You can learn more about the clinical trial available for a patient by logging into your Verana Trial Connect account and clicking the “About This Program” on the main screen. 

What browsers and devices is Verana Trial Connect compatible with? 

Verana Trial Connect is compatible with Chrome and Safari web browsers. The tool is also both desktop and tablet compatible.

I have a Verana Trial Connect account, how can I suggest new features?

If there are features you would like to see added to Verana Trial Connect, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email any comments or questions to trials@veranahealth.com.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org. 

About Verana Health 

Verana Health is a technology company assembling the largest clinical databases in medicine. Verana Health utilizes this real-world data to derive clinical and business insights for physicians and life science companies through its regulatory-grade data platform. By activating this vast amount of data, Verana Health can learn from the collective experience of millions of individual patients to empower physicians and accelerate research for patients. Learn more at veranahealth.com.