As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database will have a fourth component--the STS Intermacs Database. The Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (Intermacs) will join the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, the Congenital Heart Surgery Database, and the General Thoracic Surgery Database.
Established at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2005 as a joint effort of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and others, Intermacs is a North American registry for patients who receive an FDA-approved mechanical circulatory support (MCS) device to treat advanced heart failure. Participation in Intermacs is required by the Joint Commission for all US centers implanting MCS devices for destination therapy.
The Society is taking a number of steps to help ensure that current Intermacs participants experience a smooth transition. Participants will submit data in the same manner as they have in the past via Intermacs.org, and UAB will continue serving as the registry’s data warehouse and analytics center.
If you have questions about the registry transition, contact STS Director of Quality Donna McDonald. If you have questions about Intermacs or Pedimacs Participation Agreements, contact STS National Database Contracts Manager Elizabeth Watkins.