OAISYS Inc. was established in 1996 by Dr. Derek Cooke as a means to leverage extensive clinical and research expertise to bring innovative, cost effective solutions to researchers and clinicians in the musculoskeletal field. This solid background in clinical research inevitably led to approaches to benefit patients directly, particularly those with Osteoarthritis (OA).
Our imaging solutions provide precision for the analysis of bone and joint alignment, shapes and sizes. These were essentials for researchers, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists and implant manufacturers in the evaluation of bone and joint problems. The outcome is reliable accurate high quality information for clinical and research use. Our strength in precision radiography is founded on Standardized Knee Imaging (SKI), our gold standard, with unrivalled image accuracy and measurement reliability. For information on relevant publications click here
Over a period of over ten years OAISYS provided Image Analysis services on NIH supported projects of lower limb alignment on over 10,000 images for major clinical research projects on Knee OA: MOST 1 and 2, OAI, MAK3. The results formed part of numerous key publications. To view this and our other endorsements click here
During the interim years our efforts have become focused on creating ways to improve the care of knee OA patients. With the support from Canadian government (FedDev and IRAP grants), OAISYS teamed up with leading orthopedic and rehabilitation groups at Queen’s University and Toronto Western Hospital to evaluate the validity and reliability of a novel Compartmental Grading scheme for Knee OA as seen here. This OA grading was used with Disability Evaluations Knee pain referrals and the results independently matched to recommendation for surgery. The outcome was the development of a novel Knee Surgery Triage Tool, and the creation of an innovative way to directly improve care.
Recent years have brought a growing orientation towards Value Based care that has now become central to our mission’ This has come about by the better understanding the major limitations in equitable provision of good care and the limitations and disadvantages of case by case management. Of great importance in this growth and reorientation have been lessons learned for the development and application of Value based care exemplified by the success story of Kensington Eye Institute.(LINK to VBC KEI)
Now our objectives are to use all we have learned to improve Value in OA care.
OAISYS research work is PHRP (NIH) Certified.
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