Why Own the Bone?

The Own the Bone program provides a simple, easy-to-use tool to enable hospitals, medical centers, and practices to establish a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) to:

  • Identify, evaluate and treat fragility fracture patients over 50 at risk of osteoporosis.
  • Coordinate patient care among different specialties and physicians for each patient.

Through a clinically-proven, web-based patient registry and 10 prevention measures, Own the Bone seeks to:

  • Close the gap documented in the RAND and NCQA studies as it applies to physician treatment recommendations
  • Change physician and patient behavior to reduce incidence of future fractures and impact of osteoporosis

The program focuses on osteoporosis diagnosis and care following a fracture, rather than primary osteoporosis prevention.  

Fragility Fractures Provide a "Teachable Moment"

Fragility fractures-as sentinel events-provide opportunities for physicians to educate patients, fellow physicians, and other healthcare professionals.  The seriousness of the fracture episode provides physicians with a "teachable moment" in which it is possible to impact behavior.

FLS programs target patients twice as likely to have subsequent fractures

Fragility fractures are an independent predictor of future fractures.  Patients who have had prior fractures are at a higher risk for future fractures.  In particular, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with a prior fracture have twice the risk of subsequent fracture.