STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, May/June 2019

May/June 2019

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Learn Exciting News about the STS National Database
The STS National Database is undergoing a major transformation that will both enhance and optimize your current Database experience. The Society is partnering with a leading global provider of advanced technology solutions to speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, and dramatically streamline data collection. These changes not only represent the next generation STS National Database, but they also mean easier, real-time access to your data for quality improvement that will lead to better patient outcomes. Learn more about these changes in a video featuring Drs. Bob Higgins, Vinay Badhwar, Felix Fernandez, and Tom MacGillivray. Answers to frequently asked questions about the transformation also are available online.

Next ACSD Spec Upgrade Delayed
The 2020 software specification upgrade to the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database will go live in July of next year rather than in January. The postponed launch will provide more time to update the necessary fields for the major Database transformation. A new data collection form is expected to be available by the upcoming Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting. The number of data fields in the ACSD will be reduced by at least 30%, saving you valuable time and resources.

Deadlines Approach for Data Harvest and AQO Abstract Submissions 
A number of important ACSD deadlines are coming up this month:

  • Friday, May 28: Submission 2 for the 2019 data harvest closes at 5:00 p.m. ET. This submission includes surgery dates through March 31, 2019. DCRI is rerunning reports from Submission 1. They will be sending an email once the updated reports are finalized. See more details on the 2019 harvest schedule
  • Friday, May 31: The deadline to submit abstracts for the AQO Meeting is at 11:59 p.m. ET. This conference, October 23-25 in New Orleans, is the perfect forum to share valuable research and important clinical findings with hundreds of peers. Reminder: All authors listed on the abstract are required to fill out a disclosure form before your abstract will be considered. Registration and housing for AQO will open soon. Add your name to the interest list if you would like to be notified when registration opens. The preliminary agenda has been posted on the STS website.

Remembering Dorothy Latham
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Dorothy J. Latham, RN, a member of the STS Workforce on National Databases and a member of the STS National Database family for many years. She was a staunch advocate for data managers, taking part in Database upgrades and managing the clinical questions in the FAQ mailbox. You may have met Dorothy via Database correspondence or at an AQO Meeting. Melinda Offer, MSN, a longtime STS ACSD Core Group Member, will now respond to email inquiries. We ask that you be patient as we adjust to this new process. 

Update Your Site Info
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the web-based Participant Contact Form

Learn More about Aortic Dissection
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases and how they are treated using text, videos, graphics, and animations. The Aortic Dissection page includes new graphics in the Diagnosis and Treatment Options section. These graphics show the surgical repair for aortic dissection and thoracic endovascular aortic repair. If you interact with patients at your institution, make sure to share this important resource—handouts are available for download in both English and Spanish. If you have feedback or questions about the patient website, contact Jennifer Bagley.