STS National Database Data Requests

The STS National Database and Research Center Can Help Address Your Business Research Needs

Information from the STS National Database can be used to:

  • Answer questions about cardiothoracic surgery procedures and device performance;
  • Investigate opportunities to enhance quality of care and improve patient outcomes;
  • Confirm market trends and obtain clinical data to support new product innovations; and
  • Save time and reduce costs on clinical trials, as well as post-approval, continued access, and investigational device exemption studies.

Whether you are in the early stages of planning a new product, designing clinical trials, or understanding device performance and procedural outcomes, the STS National Database can be a valuable resource for your company.

What is the STS National Database?

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The
Database has since grown exponentially and has become the gold standard for clinical outcomes registries.

The Database has participants in 11 countries, including the United States (all 50 states), Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

The STS National Database has three components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery—adult cardiac surgery, congenital heart surgery, and general thoracic surgery.

Adult Cardiac Surgery Database

The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD) is the world’s premier clinical outcomes registry for adult cardiac surgery. Launched in 1989, the Database contains more than 6.5 million cardiac surgery procedure records and currently has more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists. It captures up to 1,000 individual data points on each patient and represents more than 90% of all adult cardiac surgeries in the United States. Participants continuously add new patient data to the registry, thereby providing a highly dynamic, up-to-date overview of cardiothoracic
surgical practice.

Congenital Heart Surgery Database

The STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD) is the largest database in North America dealing with congenital cardiac malformations. The CHSD contains more than 450,000 congenital heart surgery procedure records and currently has more than 900 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists.

General Thoracic Surgery Database

The STS General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) is the largest and most robust clinical thoracic surgical database in North America. The GTSD contains more than 530,000 general thoracic surgery procedure records and currently has more than 950 participating surgeons.

Who can benefit from utilizing the STS National Database?

Medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and insurance companies, as well as a variety of other health care organizations can benefit by leveraging
highly accurate, real-world clinical data collected over three decades.

Examples of STS National Database Use

EXAMPLE #1
Company A wants to know if the volume of a certain clinical
procedure performed by cardiothoracic surgeons has increased or decreased
over time and then compare those data with its product’s sales history. Is
the product use keeping pace with the increasing procedure volume? Given
certain clinical outcomes, is there opportunity for product innovation to
increase market share? The STS National Database can provide detailed
clinical and device-related data to answer important questions like this.

EXAMPLE #2
Company B is planning a clinical trial to test a new valve and
needs to accrue patients quickly. The STS National Database can help identify
the appropriate high-volume institutions as potential trial sites. Moreover, the
STS Research Center can facilitate a “trial within a registry” as a proven,
high-quality and cost-effective data collection approach that is increasingly
advocated by the FDA.

How to Request Data
  1. Complete an STS Data Request Form for Industry
    The Data Request Form will provide STS with a project summary and plan for data usage. You will need to submit sample tables showing how the extracted data should be presented.
  2. Execute a Data Sharing and Licensing Agreement
    Following STS approval of the data request and the requestor’s approval of STS estimated royalty fees, a completed Data Sharing and Licensing Agreement will be required.

Submit your data request form today!

For more information contact Luis Vargas, Senior Research Manager.